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Sat Nov 19, 2016, 08:13 PM

Can I say this about Gwen Ifill?

Last edited Sun Nov 20, 2016, 05:50 PM - Edit history (2)

I would see Gwen on many a morning at the bakery between the two buildings we separately occupied. She would come in around 7am for coffee and a pastry. As did I. I never spoke to her. Never told her how much I admired her. I never said to her how I thought of her as a mentor, even though she never met me personally. I didn't want to appear to be a "groupie." I regret that. I really wish that I had gushed over her....or at least bought her coffee occassionally.

She taught me, through TV and true journalism, to be a better person. She taught me to persevere and to never give up. She taught me to have an open mind. And she showed me what a strong woman of any color could achieve. She had more challenges than I have had throughout my life. Why? Because I am white. Yet, she was an incredible success. I am and will always be....in awe of her.

I grieve for Gwen. Her legacy is one that makes me want to believe that I should never quit and that if I do, I fail not only her, but I fail myself. So, I am a 54 year old white woman who has had advantages that women of color never get. And I grieve for that. Because the color of my skin should not dictate my worth or any other woman's worth.

Please take a moment to recognize that we have lost a truly wonderful woman, journalist and a beacon at the top of a hill amongst a sea of darkness.

Rest In Peace, my dear Gwen. I will miss you.

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Reply Can I say this about Gwen Ifill? (Original post)
Sophiegirl Nov 2016 OP
spanone Nov 2016 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2016 #2
Sophiegirl Nov 2016 #5
callous taoboy Nov 2016 #3
greatauntoftriplets Nov 2016 #4
elleng Nov 2016 #6
shenmue Nov 2016 #7
ailsagirl Nov 2016 #8
moonscape Nov 2016 #19
ailsagirl Nov 2016 #20
CTyankee Nov 2016 #9
Sophiegirl Nov 2016 #10
SharonAnn Nov 2016 #11
sweetroxie Nov 2016 #14
madinmaryland Nov 2016 #15
ailsagirl Nov 2016 #21
burrowowl Nov 2016 #12
JudyM Nov 2016 #13
Sophiegirl Nov 2016 #24
hibbing Nov 2016 #16
elleng Nov 2016 #17
alfredo Nov 2016 #18
sunweaver Nov 2016 #22
sellitman Nov 2016 #23
silverchair Nov 2016 #25
smirkymonkey Nov 2016 #26

Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Sat Nov 19, 2016, 08:15 PM

1. K&R...sweet!

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Sat Nov 19, 2016, 08:17 PM

2. Of course you can say it, my dear Sophiegir!

I wouldn't be a bit surprised if she'd picked up that good vibe from you. Successful people often can read what others are feeling...

So don't be so hard on yourself.

She just might have heard you.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 19, 2016, 08:26 PM

5. Maybe...

When I smiled at her, while waiting for a bacon cheddar scone in a long line...just being in the same room...well....it was magical. Even for five minutes. She was just one of those rare unicorns.

What I really wanted to do was to go up to her and give her a big ole stinking hug. Texas style! But this is DC...and you just don't do that in DC. So, I decided to admire here from afar.

It really is hard to express what she meant to me.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Sat Nov 19, 2016, 08:23 PM

3. I was incredibly saddened by her passing.

Thanks for sharing.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Sat Nov 19, 2016, 08:25 PM

4. Lovely tribute.

I also am a journalist (now retired) but I would love to have worked with her.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Sat Nov 19, 2016, 08:32 PM

6. Been recognizing our great loss all week.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Sat Nov 19, 2016, 08:32 PM

7. ...

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Sat Nov 19, 2016, 08:37 PM

8. I was shocked-- but then, I didn't know she was ill

I know it was mentioned here that we wanted Gwen to moderate at least one of the debates-- and we wondered how come she wasn't mentioned as a possibility. Now we know.

She is missed.

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 20, 2016, 01:37 AM

19. Earlier in the year when she was absent from PBS Newshour and WWIR, I

kept Googling to see if I could learn why. Nothing. Then she came back, but would have occasional absences. Then, when she didn't show up after the election I thought man Gwen, you know we could really use you now! To think she was in hospice while I was having my selfish whine

RIP

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Response to moonscape (Reply #19)

Sun Nov 20, 2016, 02:03 AM

20. You couldn't have known...

that she was terminally ill. It's hard to believe because I can still see and hear her so clearly.

Very sad

Rest in Peace, Gwen

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Sat Nov 19, 2016, 08:41 PM

9. Two awful happenings in such a short period of time. Trump's election and Gwen Ifill...

Geez. Please...no more, lord...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 19, 2016, 08:42 PM

10. I can't listen

I've shed too many tears this past week.

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 19, 2016, 08:48 PM

11. And Leonard Cohen.

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #11)

Sat Nov 19, 2016, 10:21 PM

14. And Leon Russell

Let's not forget him.

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 19, 2016, 10:28 PM

15. I lost my father in law 9 days before the election and I lost my country 9 days later.

Still grieving.

My wife is doing ok but it has been far more difficult for her.

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #15)

Sun Nov 20, 2016, 02:04 AM

21. So sorry to hear this

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Sat Nov 19, 2016, 08:49 PM

12. I too miss her very much

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Sat Nov 19, 2016, 10:20 PM

13. This is a beautiful tribute, sophiegirl, lump in my throat.

I never got to see her in person, so it's touching to hear about your experience and feelings. Thank you for that.

Its a pity that hugging is limited in our world... I'm a big hugger and was at a conference last week where I hugged 2 people I like who I hadn't seen in a while, and even though it was a business setting they reacted like it was a nice surprise. I laughed to myself afterward because who knows... but to my way of thinking, if you feel something positive for someone, show it. There's too much distance in our world.

One more thought, FWIW... you might be able to send what you wrote here to her family... you never know if you might be the only person who expresses something like that, then they'll treasure that thought. I certainly found it very moving because I also have such an appreciation for her. And if others write to them as well, all the better.

Here's a big hug for you and your strength and sweetness.

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Response to JudyM (Reply #13)

Sun Nov 20, 2016, 04:46 PM

24. Thank you

I will try.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Sat Nov 19, 2016, 10:37 PM

16. I have great respect for her n/t

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Sat Nov 19, 2016, 10:57 PM

17. Funeral for Gwen Ifill Draws Thousands of Mourners in Washington.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Sun Nov 20, 2016, 12:58 AM

18. She never came across as shallow or partisan. A true professional.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Sun Nov 20, 2016, 10:55 AM

22. Beautifully written.

Thank you.

Indeed we fail ourselves if we fail to live up to the legacy of those we admire, to the very best of our ability.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Sun Nov 20, 2016, 11:21 AM

23. You rock!

One of the best posts I've seen on DU for a while.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Sun Nov 20, 2016, 05:55 PM

25. Thanks

That was very thoughtful of you. Thanks for sharing. It's such a sad time right now.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Original post)

Sun Nov 20, 2016, 05:59 PM

26. Lovely tribute.

Thank you!

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