Writer’s Workshop for 06.18.2020

…on 06.19.2020, because me and my wishy-washy ways.

I couldn’t decide which of the prompts to write about this time around. It was between Something someone said recently that made you think and Write about a show you recently binge watched. And truth is, I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s being said by other people lately. I’ve also binge watched a lot of tv lately, and at the time I’m typing out this sentence, I’m still trying to decide which show, of all the shows that I’ve binge watched lately, that I want to write about. If I choose to write about that. Ultimately, I think I’m going with the former, even though what has me thinking here lately is heavy stuff that makes my heart hurt so much for POC. Even though I still don’t have my words and thoughts cohesive enough to form a real post of my own, I do want to share a couple of things to really think about.

  1. There are still a lot of angry and misinformed people out there who really get set off by the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement. A dear friend recently shared this graphic on Facebook, and I feel it does a pretty good job of explaining things to those still struggling to understand what it means, and why it’s so important:

  2. This post, “If You Can’t Say It”, was written by a friend of mine who is a white mother of a black son. She has very thoughtfully explained why all lives can’t matter until black lives matter (her hospital metaphor in particular), and if you have questions, she is willing to talk to you and answer them. I know that sometimes perspective is everything, and her post presents a different perspective from others that I’ve seen, and probably others that you’ve seen as well. It’s certainly worth a read even if you’re NOT on the fence about the BLM movement. She’s also included a very informative video at the end that you really, really should watch all the way through.

What’s been on your mind this week? What has someone said that made YOU think?

Be sure to head over to Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop to see what everyone else is writing about this week, and maybe link up to the workshop with a post of your own.

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4 comments

  1. Liz A. says:

    I think the most important thing with the BLM movement is to let POC speak. So, I’ve stayed mostly silent. (I don’t do a lot of “amplifying” because my social media has few followers, and most of them have already seen what I see elsewhere.)

    Today I saw something on Twitter that made me think: “Every time we’re forced to talk about Joe Rogan I am reminded of my best and most immutable axiom: Nothing that only men like is cool.”

    • Kim says:

      You are so right with the most important thing with the BLM movement being to let POC speak. I’ve tried to change hearts, or at least be sure everyone I know and love knows what BLM actually stands for, in their own words, but I’m not doing that anymore. I’ll just stick to retweeting and reposting since there’s less chance of adding to misinformation that way. And I don’t do opinion pieces on stuff like this anymore.

      I’m inclined to agree with what has you thinking! But – are there really things that ONLY men like? Also, every time I hear of Joe Rogan, I think of one of my favorite bands, My Chemical Romance, because Joe Rogan is a first cousin to MCR’s Gerard and Mikey Way. Small world, huh?

  2. Patty says:

    I tend to be outspoken on many issues.

    This entire issue surrounding all that’s taken place since the cold-blooded murder of George Floyd is heartbreaking for all Americans. And, when voicing my support for POC, I’ve abruptly been reminded of my “white privilege”. I don’t struggle to understand, or accept, anything involving BLM, I simply care. Period.

    That ain’t privilege, it’s me, one of many, many white people who weren’t raised with prejudices or have grown up to promote same.

    Stay safe, Kim!

  3. Kat says:

    It’s so awkward when a conversation begins with a family member or friend who doesn’t get it. I have this inner dialogue with myself that’s like “okay, how can I help get this person on track…” It’s really just awful what has been happening.

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