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It is important for all of us to think about what kind of city we want Spokane to become and then figure out how to be part of that. Thank you, Mariah!
I look forward to it, Mariah. :) Personally I'm impressed that you got questions about what it means to be male and female and binary coding into it as well. This is an important article and I would love to see a sexuality and love talk show on KYRS. That would be a dream come true. Just don't tease me with all these ideas and leave me hanging too often. You packed a formidable punch in your 500 words. Keep fightin' the good fight, and bringing the Buddha Palm of enlightenment :)
Mariah has many interesting things to talk about regarding humans as sexual beings and happiness therein, but doesn't get around to explicitly stating what she views as the romantic notions we need to peal away are, and why they are illusions, which left me wanting more. A second article perhaps regarding romantic illusions specific to the Inland Northwest in the context of nat'l romantic and sexual identities? :)
This is great news that Lori Kinnear is running for City Council.
I would hope that with the adaptation of the common core curriculum, the new text books adapted by local school districts will prepare our children and all of us who are living here, as, Ms. Dolezal writes, for the "globalized, intercultural, multilingual world they will live and work in." Because, right now, Spokane doesn't seem ready for that. I am ashamed to see a teacher of all people making the comments I read on this board. We need Ms. Dolezal here, helping us to open our eyes to making Spokane more successful over all. Isn't that what we want? A better future for ourselves and our children? To me that means one where the *least* we can do is teach our children some manners, like how not to stare and how to interact with other children with grace. Do we want Spokane to open up to the rest of the world and have a better economic future? Then we need to move forward with grace instead of acting like children ourselves, by throwing the equivalent of adult temper tantrums. People need to stop waving their metaphorical fists around and actually listen and put themselves in the shoes Ms. Dolezal's asking us to wear for moment. As far as I know, that's the Christian thing to do.
I do not get the idea Ms. Dolezal is attacking individual people's rights to psychological well-being and health, hugs and oxytocins, vis-a-vis warm fuzzies. Nor is she "vilifying" white people by describing quite simply the events which have happened and history itself. Rather, I think she is rather attacking the shallow perpetuation of, as so well put in the popular series the Hunger Games, bread and the circus -- entertainment and distraction from the real problems in our world. The problems which preclude the psychological, and physical health and safety of Ms. Dolezal and her children that she and her family deserve. How can we enjoy warm fuzzies and animal cuteness pictures in the face of all the work that needs to be done? To personally attack Ms. Dolezal herself through her son is bullying and harassment in my book. Ms. Dolezal and her children being the minority, are few and we the white people, the many. This means, we need to step back. We need to check our privilege. If our feelings are hurt or we feel fear, it's time to do some actual research. Also, imagine the amount of fear she feels. That's what's here in Ms. Dolezal's courageously written article. A cry for help for all of us to stop being caught up in patterns that are tearing apart a beautiful future for all of humanity. To listen to those who are being hurt and are in pain and losing loved ones because of the violence experienced because of racism. For those who wonder what white privilege is, try reading this article as well, on explaining privilege to broke white people for starters. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gina-crosley…
p.s. I am responding to the commentators on this thread as well as the article. And please, please, those who only see Spokane in narrow ways, try looking on Youtube or looking up what the art scene here in Spokane is, (First Friday, terrain, -- local poet, the intelligent and beautiful Brooke Matson will be reading this Wednesday free at Gonzaga -- and so much more!) the music, too. I hope you'll be happily surprised, like discovering a treasure and seeing Spokane in a whole new beautiful perspective outside of what is known. And The article says love hate relationship. The author has chosen to commit to building something here in Spokane inspite of personal conflict with it. I respect the strength of character that takes, and the strength and fortitude and forthrightness and bravery to write any of what the writer says because it is not entirely positive. Good writing is more than fluffy beams. It makes you think. It rouses up your emotions. Seems the writer has been fairly successful in this endeavor.
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