Don’t Be Baited By The Foul Derision Of Others

One of my favorite plays by Shakespeare that touches on themes of jealousy, confusion and trickery – Act 2 Scene 2 from A Midnight Summer’s Dream –

Lo, she is one of this confederacy! 
Now I perceive they have conjoin’d all three
To fashion this false sport, in spite of me.
Injurious Hermia! Most ungrateful maid!
Have you conspired, have you with these contriv’d 
To bait me with this foul derision?
Is all the counsel that we two have shared,
The sisters’ vows, the hours that we have spent, 
When we have chid the hasty-footed time
For parting us,—O, is it all forgot?

All school-days’ friendship, childhood innocence?
We, Hermia, like two artificial gods,
Have with our needles created both one flower,
Both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion,
Both warbling of one song, both in one key,
As if our hands, our sides, voices and minds,
Had been incorporate. So we grow together,

Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition;
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart;                                                    
Two of the first, like coats in heraldry,                                                                                                                                                
Due but to one and crowned with one crest.

And will you rent our ancient love asunder,
To join with men in scorning your poor friend?
It is not friendly, ’tis not maidenly:
Our sex, as well as I, may chide you for it,
Though I alone do feel the injury.

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Common Sense Dr. Seuss Style

Here’s a little Monday inspiration. Who remembers Green Eggs & Ham? Dr. Seuss is timeless! This seriocomic take on success offers advice to people of all ages. Whether we are graduating from school or to a new way of thinking let us step boldly onto a new path.

Excerpt from, “Oh The Places You’ll Go”

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?
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Why There’s No Reality From The Women Of Sex And The City*

We have had some rather intense conversations at Acts Of Faith Blog about the various ways women have been indoctrinated. My focus has rightfully been on African-American women specifically due to the need to clarify many tools of oppression as well as the self-imposed limitations many black women place on themselves to conform to an ideology that has long ceased to work towards their advancement.

I want to switch gears for a moment and expand the concept of indoctrination to a general audience of contemporary women in Western society. What better example could be used other than Sex and the City? Though there are quite a few women who have not watched the series or the first film (really!) many of us have. In fact, it has become a cultural zeitgeist that has redefined the status of the upwardly mobile woman of a certain age who lives in an urban environment. Plus we’re being bombarded with ads for the 2nd installment of the movie which opens on May 27th.

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Look At What Our Collective Cowardice Has Wrought

There has been an interesting sidetracking of the betterment of AA black women as individuals by divorcing us from seeing ourselves as a separate group in the race vs. gender wars. We should be WOMEN first not “BLACK PEOPLE” who are in often women carrying nearly the entire load of service to ideologies that no longer benefit us. Due to the misdirected coping mechanisms of surviving under systematic racism many of us are reluctant or unable to think critically as free agents. It is a mistake to continue feeding the personal interests of those who benefit from the products of our labor at our expense. I wrote this draft six weeks ago but there are times when you have to let the stew simmer. I was waiting for something else to tie it together as these similar themes continuously emerge.

Some of the most important conversations we can have is about how blacks react to racism – but with a twist. Let me ask, what is your first response when I use the term systematic racism? Does the initial response lend to thoughts related to white hegemony? More people may be familiar with the term white supremacy but white hegemony is worth considering as the more accurate term. 

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