I like these. I particularly like #3. Show ‘great’ respect…
If you’ve been reading the news then you know about “Ferguson” Missouri.
I know many people don’t want to talk about it, but that doesn’t make the problem go away.
And there is a problem. It’s no one’s ‘fault’… but if you aren’t willing to confront the truth, if you are not willing to think about what the people in the streets (black and white, young and old) are saying… then perhaps you get to carry some of the blame. In this situation, there is no right and wrong, there is only moving forward by getting involved in the conversation.
If you look at and listen to the conversation of high school students around the country… each of us can begin to have hope. Listen to the students at the Saint Louis High School where the principal is having students engage each other… which he monitors and insists on respect between the students.
“…creating that decorum within the meeting – is really important to having people say what they need to say. And I always tell the kids, you know, how you relay your message has a lot to do with how it’s accepted and whom you influence.” Kevin Grawer, principal of Maplewood Richmond Heights High School.
Are you listening to people who disagree with you or are you just yelling or worse… pretending their point of view is irrelevant? Do you work to see the other person’s point of view? It’s so easy to be righteous. They should do this or that.
But I’ve never walked in their shoes.
I have, however, been poor, afraid and female. I have a glimpse into why some of the anger exists and why I feel it is often justified.
Respect. It all starts there.
JackieDecember 4, 2014
Thank you for your post. Please take a look at this web site: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=dbfd6c09-321c-4daf-ac8b-8bfcaaba9574&c=92057ad0-dd7d-11e3-b0d5-d4ae527548e1&ch=9343c730-dd7d-11e3-b109-d4ae527548e1 There is a letter written from a resident in Ferguson, Missouri there, the second one down in the Zentangle Art and Inspiration section. There is hope.
DeborahDecember 4, 2014
Hi Jackie, thank you for sharing this post from the business owner in Ferguson. She is truly an inspiration for us all. She could be angry and bitter and that would be understandable. Instead, she made something beautiful come from the difficult situation she is in. We are in this together and must find our way forward – together.