Respecting the awesome power of words!

Holy Ground

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What if the reason people
choose to kneel during
“The Star Spangled Banner”
is not because they disrespect
the flag or their country
or the generations
of men and women
who’ve defended our nation
around the world, but
because they have a different
life experience and perspective?

Our accepted public narrative
is that freedom and opportunity
are fully available
to all our citizens, and
there’s no such thing
as cultural privilege
anchoring the status quo.

What if more and more people
are just tired of pretending?

Can we find a safe venue –
maybe even holy ground –
for listening to one another’s stories?

E Pluribus Unum

© 2016 Todd Jenkins

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6 responses

  1. Ben Padgett

    I hope!

    Liked by 1 person

    November 1, 2016 at 9:20 am

  2. Todd, thank you for elevating this issue to exploring and approaching the Why, rather than retreating behind the bunkers of the What and How.

    Liked by 1 person

    November 1, 2016 at 9:21 am

    • Unfortunately, we’re all bunker proficient, aren’t we?

      Like

      November 1, 2016 at 10:31 am

  3. This is wonderful!!

    Liked by 1 person

    November 1, 2016 at 9:56 am

  4. Andrea ( aka rokinrev)

    Wow! Coupled with Maren’s post yesterday….wow

    Liked by 1 person

    November 1, 2016 at 10:04 am

  5. Katie J. Kester

    Amen! I think holy ground is the only venue for truly listening to one another’s stories.

    Liked by 1 person

    November 1, 2016 at 12:40 pm

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