Celebrating Genocide: The Real Story of Thanksgiving

Ferris' First Thanksgiving
Ferris’ First Thanksgiving

There is a narrative that I was fed during the mis-education of my childhood.  One I believed whole-heartedly most of my life.  Of course, I questioned how Columbus discovered a place that people inhabited, but that was the extent of it.  My lack of concern about the plight of Native Americans was not intentional.  Perhaps, I was distracted by the plight of Black Americans (my own plight).  Coming up from slavery, fighting for civil rights, and in search of equality was the people’s priority in my mind.  Of course, I thought about Indigenous people, but somehow thought they lived a cool life in isolation on the reservation. Now, I know better.

At this stage of my life, I am most interested in discovering TRUTH.  The link below is a raw and uncut narrative that provides enough background knowledge to set the record straight.  My love and respect for a community of people that I have come to know forces me to face and acknowledge this TRUTH.

Prior to publishing this post, I shared it with a close friend.  Her response was, “…how morbid, we just want to eat our turkey in peace.”

I let out a heavy sigh and say to myself, wow!

Yes, we will enjoy dinner, family, and friends tomorrow (Thanksgiving Day), but I am aware of the TRUTH and that is what matters!

While I am thankful for what I have in the present, I am mindful of the cost paid in the past.

Source: Celebrating Genocide: The Real Story of Thanksgiving

Solidarité… Je suis Paris!

I could not agree more with this post – Thanks Rowena and family!

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In the wake of the horrific attacks on Paris, we must all rise up and stand on the side of good and fight for those values which underpinned the French Revolution: Liberté, égalité, fraternité. These values are so much more than words. They encapsulate all we hold dear and take for granted until evil and hate grab them by the throat and try to snuff them out.

Indeed, our Great Uncle Ralph, an Australian, gave his life in the fields of France for these values in WWI.

These words have not become mighty values through complacency or good luck but because inspired, passionate people fought to defend them.

Sacrificed their lives for the greater good.

Watching the news reports of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, there are talks of peace keeping forces…as in military solutions.

Yet, somehow the rest of us need to rise up and…

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This is why I teach…

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Posted on Facebook by a student in the first English class I taught. This ‘selfie’ was taken after the 8th grade promotion ceremony – 2015.

Today is my 51st birthday!  How do I express the immense joy I feel inside?

Teaching Middle School English was not in the plan; yet I have exceeded my own expectation in achieving greatness!  My students and their lives matter.  I get it! I know that I am doing what I was intended to do.  I am grateful to God (the Master Planner) for my life and the experiences that has brought me to this point.

My whole life, I desired to “BE” the difference.  Every day I step into my classroom – I am achieving that GOAL.