Reblog: The journey

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Success, they say, is what happens when opportunity meets preparation. I totally agree, having seen how detrimental premature success is. I mean, it’s bound to be detrimental when great opportunities come to unprepared people. It’s probably also important to highlight at this point that I prefer looking at success as a journey, not a destination. A journey because there are no limits to how far we can go. At least, that’s my perspective.

Viewing it as a journey thus trickles down to being keen on how we handle each and every opportunity that comes our way. It’s definitely safer to walk into such when prepared. Then, we will be able to rule over the opportunities as opposed to the opportunities mastering us, or worse still, us wasting a chance to greatness.

Fact though is that, you won’t always be ready for everything in life. Some chances may occur to you…

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Reblog: The Importance and Challenges of Representation

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A few years ago, I was in a class devoted to dissecting media. This was around the time that the Black Panther movie and Love, Simon were coming to theaters. My professor posed the question of whether it was justifiable that white and straight people felt excluded in the face of these movies, just as men felt excluded by Wonder Woman a few years earlier. The short answer I thought of: No. The longer answer: In a society still so starved for minority representation in our media, everyone should arguably be excited about these movies coming out. In fact, most people in the room that day and the bulk of my friends who didn’t fit into the categories of black, queer, or woman were excited about these movies for precisely that reason.

I know we hear it all the time, but I’ll say it again: representation is so incredibly important

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Reblog: 10 Books That Help Teach About Tolerance and Acceptance Among Cultures and Communities

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Culture is what makes us who we are. The celebrations, traditions, religion, customs, clothes, food, languages, and our ideal are a reflection of our culture and upbringing.

It is also important to respect the culture of others. This can be done by learning about other cultures through books or the accounts of other people from that particular culture.

Children should be exposed to different cultures, so that they can have respect, empathy, and acceptance for people that are different than who they are.

It is important to teach tolerance because tolerance encourages people to accept others regardless of their differences.

Here are 10 Books That Help Teach About Culture and Acceptance:

1.Secrets of The Dance by Andrea Spalding –  Description from Bookshop: In 1935, a nine-year-old boy’s family held a forbidden Potlatch in faraway Kingcome Inlet. Watl’kina slipped from his bed to bear witness. In the Big House masked…

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I can’t breathe when you look at me like I’m a piece of….

I can’t breathe each time you cross over the other side of the road clutching your handbag tight

I can’t breathe when the security guard follows me around more than anyone else who has come to shop

I can’t breathe when I have the qualification but my shade brings disqualification from the position

I can’t breathe when:

My very existence is denied

My darkness I cannot hide

First Class i’m not permitted to ride

In the shadeless I cannot confide

A lamb to the slaughter am I

Your knee pressed on my throat leaves me wondering why

You hate me so much that my hopes, dreams and spirit must die

But then I remember this is not how the story ends

For there is coming a day my Saviour will come with healing in His wings


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Open Eyes

We stand together with open eyes;
but that isn’t enough.
We need to continue this difficult conversation.
We are all bound by our
common humanity.

We no longer get to turn a blind eye.
African Americans in our country wake up to this
every day
and they don’t get the
luxury of looking away;
neither do we.

by Erik Shinker

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My Fellow White People

My fellow white people, let’s perform a thought experiment, shall we?

Imagine: A video is released of an unarmed white man taken into custody for a non-violent crime who is lying on the ground, subdued by a black police officer who is placing his knee into the white man’s neck.

We hear the subdued, unarmed white man on the ground struggling for breath, begging through strained breath the black officer for minutes to take the pressure off before falling unconscious.

The white man loses his life; the black police officer only loses his job.

Would you not rage? Would you not stand in righteous defiance of a system that clearly failed to bring justice for someone who died in the custody of those who are supposed to protect us? Would you not cry out, make your voice heard, and exercise your right to assemble?

Of course you would; but that isn’t what happened.

George Floyd was an unarmed black man; Derek Chauvin was a white police officer. This was only the latest example of a problem inherent in our society that we are all too aware of; but while many white voices joined in solidarity to call for justice, many of us did not. Continue reading “My Fellow White People”

Double Standard

My words are just pointless noise,
meaningless when not directed
at the horrors that surround.

A blue, double standard
flies high in the face of
equality, empathy, and justice.
Protections make the prosecution of
the police more difficult;
they have acknowledged this, but
done nothing.

How can we not hold the enforcers of
our laws doubly accountable for breaking them?
Why is the burden of justification when force is applied
so much lower?
This is systemic, so how can we
trust the system when it is
built to protect the police and not
its citizens?

by Erik Shinker

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I have the option, to
bury my head, to
change the channel, to
avoid the distressing situation.
I can walk away and do nothing simply because of
my location, my socioeconomic status, my
skin color.

Yet another African American man
has died at the hands of the Police;
to deny this pattern is to be intentionally
blind and ignorant in the worst way.
People are angry, we are upset,
and rightfully so.

But there are those taking things too far;
destroying a community already beset by
grief and strife at the callous death of
George Floyd.
Empathy seems to have deserted us;
she has taken flight and withdrawn from our
undeserving presence.

I could choose to look at the
beauty in the world around me and
deny the evil in the system, but
that is a privilege I never asked for,
nor one I should abuse.

I have a platform,
a voice, and I am disturbed;
by the indifference I see, the
useless finger pointing and politicizing.
People’s lives are being destroyed, and
any one who thinks differently needs to take
a long, hard look at their perspective.

This isn’t happening in some far away place;
this is in my state, my country.
The world is watching us;
how will we show them that we can be better?
That we will be better? That when
change needs to be made, we
will roll up our sleeves and get to work.
This is a time of great unrest and difficulty,
and we need to build one another up, not
tear ourselves apart.

For those who are privileged like me, I beg you;
don’t turn away from what is happening.
Call to action; support the right to assemble and speak to truth;
demonstrate peacefully if you are moved.
We are in this together, and
we demand justice.

by Erik Shinker

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