Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Duo
Out to Transform the World.
If "gypsies" is a derogatory label for a minority group, why do we use it?
The word "gypsies" has long been used as a disparaging term for the Roma/ Romani/ Romany people, also called "Traveling People," "Tinkers" and many other names. The Roma were mistakenly believed to have come from Egypt, and "gypsies" was slang for dark-haired, dark-skinned people from Egypt. Genetic, linguistic and cultural evidence shows they probably arose from the Indian subcontinent in the first and second centuries A.D.
As a minority group pretty much wherever they've gone, Roma have endured centuries of oppression and marginalization. Roma are a culturally diverse, vibrant and proud people and still live across Central and Eastern Europe. Some Romani groups have settled down in communities and others still travel as their preferred lifestyle.
You might wonder, why do we call ourselves a pejorative term for an ethnic minority? Isn't...
On the third Monday of January, it’s kinda hard to miss all the reminders that it’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No doubt you've heard his "I Have a Dream" speech and read his writings now and then over the years.
After the events of January 6th, not quite two weeks ago now, you may be wondering how in the world we can unite our nation and conquer so much fear and hate with love.
Just what can one person do?
Dr. King had an answer for that:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” —Martin Luther King, Jr. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
Dr. King pointed the way, and it is up to us to figure out how to use light and love to make the dream our reality.
Dr. King's love is not a weak, doormat kind of love.
It's a love that is fierce in its kindness and strong in its pursuit of equity and justice. It's a love based on...
and committed violent trespass while our elected representatives were processing the Electoral College votes.
Today’s events did not just happen in a vacuum.
For a mob to rise up, there must be provocation, regardless of whether it be real, perceived or imagined. There must be extreme grievance, usually for an extended period of time. There must be a perception that there is little alternative to be heard other than to rise up. Peaceful protests become mob riots only when the conditions are ripe.
We can debate who is to blame, who is responsible for what and who should be tried and punished. No doubt that will all happen soon enough.
1. Democracy is a shared agreement, a context for our relationships with each other. We do not construct democracy alone. It is something we must do together, actively, not just once, but day after day after day.
2. Democracies survive when they...