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People See What They Want

Whether we are talking about “race”, gender, politics, or religion — you name the “category” and you can easily find examples of how people will passionately expound what they “see”.  I do it.  You do it.  We all do it, but know this, “Truth cares not about our opinions.”

For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’  The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.”‘  But wisdom is proved right by all her children.”  Luke 7:33-35

A few years ago I campaigned for public office.  Time and time again, I heard challenges to my “qualifications”.  This, I found interesting because I regularly saw other candidates with similar “qualifications” — college-educated, some were attorneys also, community-involved, etc. —, yet these shared “qualifications” somehow were accepted without question.  Was it because those candidates were white and male?  Note, I am/was neither.  Note also, I say, “and male”, because I have often seen white, female candidates’ “qualifications” publically challenged.

Rest

I remember an interview where Oprah was told that she would never make it (because she was deemed “unfit for television”).  Wait, similar sentiments were said about:  Rick Springfield, George Foreman, President Obama, Jack Canfield, Albert Einstein, Selma Hayek, Dr. Seuss, Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, Walt Disney, Lucille Ball, Fred Astaire, Sidney Poitier, Steven Spielberg, Kerry Washington, Socrates, Abraham Lincoln, Marilyn Monroe, Vincent van Gogh, Emily Dickinson, Claude Monet, and many, many more.  Unfortunately, similar declarations are also made daily regarding the nation’s poorest children.  With every graduation, with every life lived productively, from this population a stereotype is defied.  They are considered failures because of their circumstance.

Who amongst us has never failed?

Who amongst us has tried and failed because their “qualifications” were not “packaged” in a particular body, or come at a particular time, or in a particular way in which the judges would approve?

John the Baptist came and was rejected.  The Son of Man came and He was rejected.  Some were rejected, to never be heard from again.  Others’ rejection propelled them to a stage of mass audience — an audience awaiting inspiration,  and onto a stage where wisdom abounds.

Do not be discouraged by people’s opinion.  People see what they want.  Truth is Truth.  It produces wisdom.  It assembles Family.

You Talk To Her How?

Some women can be really nasty when speaking to another woman. Why is this? I have witnessed the way some women communicate with other women and I wonder if they are that aggressive when expressing their differing views to men. Some may have one non-discriminating style of speech, but not all. Really, what’s the deal? Why is respect tossed out the window when views differ between some women?

Woman Yelling At Woman

Last night, I watched a documentary on the history of women in politics. It was really interesting…It had to be for me to stay awake. (I’m still adjusting to the time change.) I read about many of these women, but it seemed different seeing actual footage of their struggles from being a viable candidate to working in a congressional club historically reserved for men only. I watched how they were unfairly and rudely treated by men in meetings and how as a result the women partnered across political party lines to form a network amongst themselves. They made time to get to know each other, allowing themselves to see pass the political imaging painted for their Washington arrival. Their bonds were so obvious that their male peers began to ask them what they were talking about, as if they had no business talking to each other…well, really talking with each other.

The documentary left me pondering…do we have to be positioned in situations which make us conscious that we are in the minority and overtly mistreated because we are women to commit—I mean really commit—to collectively uplift each other and our societal placement as women, and in turn vow to interact with each other at all times in respectful ways. Must things be that bad for us to be our sister’s keeper?

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