“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. If you go out and make good things happen, you fill the world with hope. And in doing so, you will fill yourself with hope.”
These next two days mark the centennial of one of the worst racial massacres in U.S. history. The cataclysm began with a story that played out several times throughout the 20th century: a young White woman claimed a Black man had assaulted her. That launched an angry White mob in the pre-dawn hours of May 31, 2021. And the result was a bloodbath that swept up an entire community; taking more than 300 lives; leaving a legacy of trauma, animosity and pain.
Only within recent years have the details of those events seen the light of truth. The world of 1921 is considerably different than the world of 2021.
Despite the horrors of those days, we really have come a long way in race relations; that is the understanding of what it means to be human and what it means to be a community. And we can only move forward. The angry White gangs of 1921 Tulsa obliterated hundreds of innocent lives. They destroyed an entire community. But they couldn’t destroy an entire people.
Tulsa Race Massacre
“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”
John F. Kennedy
“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
German, 19th century
A distinct class of learned or literary people.
Example: I generally write essays and stories for the clerisy of the world.
“My pronoun is ‘Patriot’.”
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), responding to news from various sites such as Instagram and Linked In that will allow users to refer to themselves by whatever pronoun they choose
For the intellectual record, patriot is NOUN – not a pronoun.
“There’s a numbness I imagine some of us are feeling, because there’s a sameness to this. Anywhere, USA. It just feels like this happens over and over and over again. Rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat. It begs the damn question: What the hell is going on in the United States of America?”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, after a mass shooting at a rail yard in San José
The attack – which took 10 lives, including the gunman – is the 232nd mass shooting in the U.S. this year.
“[It] shows that she was comparing the pre-Holocaust period in Nazi Germany to some aspects of America today, specifically, she was noting how history has shown us that certain countries and regimes have indeed separated people into second class citizens. In essence, she was saying that Jews were branded as second class citizens back then with a gold star, and today we were also seeing a branding and division of people between the vaccinated, and the unvaccinated – two classes of people. That was the point she made look she wasn’t coming from a place of hate.”
David Brody, a Christian Broadcasting Network commentator, expressing support for comments made by Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene about mask mandates
Sen. Rand Paul and wife Kelley
“I have been targeted multiple times now. It is reprehensible that Twitter allows C-list celebrities to advocate for violence against me and my family!”
Sen. Rand Paul, declaring that singer Richard Marx is behind a mysterious package left on his doorstep
The package contained white powder and a threatening note. Paul was referring to a recent Tweet by Marx stating: “I’ll say it again: If I ever meet Rand Paul’s neighbor I’m going to hug him and buy him as many drinks as he can consume.” That, in turn, refers to a 2017 incident between Paul and one of his neighbors that turned violence.
The FBI is investigating the package, but there’s no proof Marx had anything to do with it.
“The bills, which seek to abolish critical race theory, were more important than expanding Medicaid; maintaining federal unemployment benefits; enlisting more Texans to get COVID-19 vaccinations; or overhauling the state’s electric power grid. The bills are also part of a backlash against growing efforts to bring more accuracy and inclusion to historical texts and a wider movement to whitewash U.S. history. Old, racist approaches to education are new again.”
Elaine Ayala, columnist for the San Antonio Express-News, on the Texas Legislature’s ill-timed ban of discussions of racism in Texas classrooms
“Some people have no shame.”
President Joe Biden, criticizing Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-TX) and other Republicans who opposed his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, but are now taking credit for it
“I think the perception is on the part of the public that the January 6 Commission just trying to get to the truth of what happened, and that Republicans would be seen as not wanting to let the truth come out. I don’t believe that’s what’s the motivation, but I think that’s the perception.”
Sen. Mitt Romney, about the reluctance of his fellow Republicans to support a bipartisan commission to study the actual causes of the January 6 Capital Hill riots
“What are you afraid of?”
Sen. Chuck Schumer, after Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan commission intended to study the actual causes of the January 6 Capital Hill riots