Wednesday, September 3, 2014
What is the most helpful post (or Twitter hashtag) you read in all the coverage on Ferguson?
Didn’t have such a hot day today. Don’t know why. Was it the vanishing of my coffee supply? Or eating one too many chocolate-covered donuts? Or the lack of my success trying to edit my novel? I don’t know. For another day, my sisters roped me into a viewing of 2 Gilmore Girl episodes back-to-back and I bled from drinking too much brewed coffee (an effect of my colitis) — a savior packet that a friend gave me that I left in my car a few months ago. It was supposed to save me as the tea substitutes didn’t work to jump-start my coffee-dependent mornings. Okay, I digress. Onto the prompt.
The best post on Ferguson was not an article, but it was a anti-racism poem by SR Atchley called “Stop Killing Us.” I am not black, however I am a minority (Pakistani-American, & Muslim) and although there’s A LOT of Twitter talk on Ferguson (and my math teacher’s name was Mrs. Ferguson!! sorry had to put that in that, I think about her every time I hear about this)…I haven’t been able to find any clear reports saying exactly what happened and I don’t have a news source I feel like I can trust. Fox News Muslim bashes and stereo-types, CNN is pressured by its democratic audience to post news stories they’ll root for, and every other online news source is biased to it’s own reader base and I feel like the truth is often fuddled when reading/watching it. I prefer hearing both sides of the story of the people involved. However, a conversation with the author prompted me to learn more about Ferguson. Beautiful poem. Great message.
Stop Killing Us – by SR Atchley
The deal is this:
I’ve not been able to sleep for nights now
Martial Law has been implemented in an urban black community near where I live.
It is wrong.
Many things are turning awry, that ought not do so.
READ THE REST OF THE POEM AT THE REBEL SOCIETY WEBSITE:
Ok, thanks for reading!!! Look forward to another NaBloPoMo post tomorrow and, I know it’s been a week, but a video is in the works for my channel so that is also upcoming =) Take care & TTYL!
Peace, Love, and Respect,