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Who Will Attend Your Funeral?

Yesterday I watched the Kobe Bryant Memorial Service as it was streamed live online. What a grand occasion it was, with attendees from all over the country and many people watching the online broadcast from around the world. It truly made a statement about the impact that he had on the world. In the past two weeks I've attended no less than 4 funeral services, a couple in person and a couple online, with one being my aunt. What strikes me as interesting as I watched and attended these services is to note what it says about the person being funeralized based on who the attendees are at the service. I think in each case, who is there at our departure says much about how we lived our lives. Not

The "Race" Dog-Whistle

Dog Whistle - "political messaging employing coded language that appears to mean one thing to the population of the general public at large while also simultaneously having an additional, different, or more specific resonance for a targeted subgroup." - Wikipedia Presidential candidate Tom Steyer started the volley when he said, "Every single policy area in the US has a gigantic subtext of "race." That was followed up later by Bernie Sanders saying that "we have a criminal justice system today that is not only broken it is "racist." Elizabeth Warren chimed in, "we can no longer pretend that everything is "race" neutral" and was followed up by Pete Buttigieg hitting himself along with the o

There Is Only History

Why is it "black" history? After all that we now know from our past concerning the separation, hatred and segregation of our society and why things were once "white" and "black" in our country, we must ask why these linguistic relics still comprise our vocabulary and speech. More than a hundred years ago Plessy v Ferguson ushered in the era of Jim Crow, which segregated businesses, public institutions and most all organizations. This was at the time, the only way to do business in our country. With those days in the proverbial rearview mirror, it is time for a re or deprogramming of our minds to accommodate the modern realities. This month we begin what is traditionally referred to as "Blac

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