I had BIG plans for Friday this week. I was going to get so much done.....
And then I ended up in the emergency room because I dislocated my hip - again. You can read my account of it here. (I was really high on quite the concoction of narcotics l when I wrote that, so I apologize for any typos and rambling.) My little friend and I are now hobbling around feeling super sore and still kinda groggy.
Here is the round-up for this week. A couple of days late, and short, but both of these are longer reads and important pieces I really wanted to share with you.
1. Just so you know, if I find a dress or a great skirt and it has pockets, I WILL BUY IT! And this fascinating read from Chelsea G. Summers at Racked about the Politics of Pockets gives me even more reasons to DEMAND pockets in all my clothing. Clothing designers - listen up!!
2. Ok, as hard as this is, I have to admit something. When I first heard that the police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher was a woman, I was... I don't know... disappointed? Disheartened? I asked the question, Why a woman? And then I quickly gave my head a shake and let go of all my white privilege and my white lady tears falling once again on to the easy road of identifying more with the white female officer, than with the innocent black man who was gunned down for being "a big scary dude". Terence Crutcher should not be dead. Police officers should be there to HELP people with car trouble. Officer Betty Shelby should be charged. She killed a man. FOR NO REASON, OTHER THAN HER WHITE LADY FEAR OF THE BIG BLACK MAN.
I know a lot of you may have been feeling these same things. It's OK. You can feel these things, BUT.... NOW YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHY YOU FEEL THIS WAY, CONFRONT YOUR OWN WHITE PRIVILEGE AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
My friend Syreeta Neal lays this all out for us in her piece at The Establishment this week. PLEASE READ THIS. IT IS SO VERY IMPORTANT.
Oh, and if you are worried about Officer Betty being in jail - DON'T, she was arrested, booked and out on bail all within 13 minutes and never saw the inside of a jail cell.
Okay, that's enough for today. It's been a rough week folks. Let's do better going forward, okay?