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originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: Scrubdog
Based on my experience the same things.
OMG! Do you mean that humans are freakin' human no matter their skin color. No WAI!!11!!
originally posted by: zosimov
All valid points, and thanks to everyone who took the time to read and respond. There is a lot to think about in here, imo. I appreciate everyone's perspective and will take it all into account when I write whatever letters are going to come of this conversation. (futile maybe but I do want to follow through and try to do my part to unite our communities)
Letters/blogs are the only thing I can think of where I can contribute something. I'd like to offer the right people (one poster on here mentioned a decent-sounding state rep) some ideas toward working to lessen the divide here.
I also think that, despite all the rhetoric, our country has made great strides and achieved worthy goals for the betterment of humanity. I think so highly of us that I am convinced we can do even better.
originally posted by: BeefNoMeat
Remeber the Alamo, but more importantly, remember the perspective of a true patriot, Davey Crockett, and his life-long anguish of 'remember the Trail of Tears'. In contrast, to the lionization of a mass murderer, we remember as 'Ole Hickory, Andrew Jackson (who, depending on your source, was born 30 miles south of my birthplace).
"Hey _____ I am sorry for the late reply... I really appreciated the conversation we had. Literally I think America and the world in general needs this honest, genuine and unpopular dialogue. Being able to silence ones on self and listen and empathize from the perspective of another's is what I wish everyone would be able to do. I don't want it to be an issue of oh we're looking for sympathy or repentance because of the way the world functioned before we were even conceived. I think if everyone were to stop and consider another's point of view and actually work on themselves consciously and unconsciously like you did then we could move forward and change the wrongs that were made years ago and work to a truly United, considerate and inclusive future. You have no idea what reading the messages you sent me did for me. You made it a purpose to understand when you did not have to and could have done like so many have done and continued to do and that's ignore my pain and hurt for our country and the way our country has viewed people that look like me for years.