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And this was written eight years ago.

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John Brown At Occupy And In Walks Ted Nugent

What would happen if John Brown showed up at an Occupy meeting or leftist academic conference? I can imagine him giving his pitch as he did in Boston back in the days of yore. I do not believe he would be well received, “Authoritarian!” They would hiss at him, “Leninist! Adventurism!”

Clearly Brown lacked what is now called, “A commitment to nonviolent social activism.” His activities in Kansas resemble nothing so much as the early actions of Peru’s Shining Path guerrillas. He and his men dragged fathers and sons out of their houses and murdered them in their front yards This was pure terrorism. Murder to make a political point.

Why did Brown pursue this, “method of critique?” It had become clear that the abolitionist ‘Free State’ settlers were a liberal minority within Kansas. The proslavery southern settlers were a violent…

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Quotes for Today: Toni Morrison

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“Me and you, we got more yesterday than anybody. We need some kind of tomorrow.”
― Toni Morrison, Beloved

“There is really nothing more to say-except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.”
― Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

“All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.”
― Toni Morrison

“If you surrender to the wind you can ride it.”
― Toni Morrison

“You looked at them and wondered why they were so ugly; you looked closely and could not find the source. Then you realized that it came from conviction, their conviction. It was as though some mysterious all-knowing master had given each one a cloak of ugliness to wear, and they had each accepted it without question.”
― Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

“I don’t think a female running a house is a problem, a broken family. It’s perceived as one because of the notion that a head is a man. ”
― Toni Morrison

“It’s a bad word, ‘belong.’ Especially when you put it with somebody you love … You can’t own a human being.”
― Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

“I don’t think anybody cares about unwed mothers unless they’re black or poor. The question is not morality, the question is money. That’s what we’re upset about.”
― Toni Morrison

Dealing with Negative People

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A man I know and like is dying. I want to go to his funeral, but I have had a very negative experience with his relatives. I’ve been thinking about how to handle this. I know I need to take care of myself. So I decided I would go to his viewing, acknowledge his family, and leave, limit my time with them. I was so panicked about this. After I actually sat and thought about it, I felt ok.

I’m good now.

Should parents be fined if their child continually bullies?

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https://patch.com/wisconsin/green-bay/parents-face-police-fines-if-kids-bully-menace-bullies-series

The Bridge Poem

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“The Bridge Poem” by Donna Kate Rushin

I’ve had enough
I’m sick of seeing and touching
Both sides of things
Sick of being the damn bridge for everybody

Nobody
Can talk to anybody
Without me Right?

I explain my mother to my father my father to my little sister
My little sister to my brother my brother to the white feminists
The white feminists to the Black church folks the Black church folks
To the Ex-hippies the ex-hippies to the Black separatists the
Black separatists to the artists the artists to my friends’ parents…

Then
I’ve got the explain myself
To everybody

I do more translating
Than the Gawdamn U.N.

Forget it
I’m sick of it

I’m sick of filling in your gaps

Sick of being your insurance against
The isolation of your self-imposed limitations
Sick of being the crazy at your holiday dinners
Sick of being the odd one at your Sunday Brunches
Sick of being the sole Black friend to 34 individual white people

Find another connection to the rest of the world
Find something else to make you legitimate
Find some other way to be political and hip

I will not be the bridge to your womanhood
Your manhood
Your human-ness

I’m sick of reminding you not to
Close off too tight for too long

I’m sick of mediating with your worst self
On behalf you your better selves

I am sick
Of having to remind you
To breathe
Before you suffocate
Your own fool self

Forget it
Stretch or drown
Evolve or die

The bridge I must be
Is the bridge to my own power
I must translate
My own fears
Mediate
My own weaknesses

I must be the bridge to nowhere
But my true self
And then
I will be useful (1981)

From This Bridge Called My Back
edited by: Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua

Art: Forgotten Journey by Larry Brown

Quote for Today

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“I’ve been poor and I’ve been rich, and rich is better.” – Bessie Smith

Quote for Today

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“I don’t know everything. I know a fraction of what there is to know and I don’t think I will ever know everything, but it’s important to me to constantly challenge myself, to understanding different viewpoints, really understanding nuance in topics, so I can feel qualified in what I say, so I’m not preaching falsely of what I’m unaware of.”  Yara Shahidi

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