We wanted to share some new merch and a few shows that might help us examine American history and present day, systemic oppression, from the angles of those who have experienced it.
I'm sharing because I'm often told how those in our circle don't understand systemic oppression. They struggle to see how their life is privileged, and how they have benefited from racist systems, and if they can understand it, they hope to begin to have an impact on the problems that exist in our world today.
First of all, for those who come seeking knowledge, understanding and a way forward, I have to say that I appreciate your trust. If we are indeed seeking a better tomorrow, we have to start from a place of honesty. So, thank you for being honest and for trusting me.
Second, I need to issue this reminder (for me as well as for you) that I don't have all the answers. While I have benefitted from my background in peace studies, international relations, communications, and philanthropy, I don't have immediate solutions. However, I do offer being a companion to those who are willing to walk down this road and find a better way forward for everyone involved.
I believe sometimes what we need to do is listen to everyday people tell their stories.
I am not coming forward with an agenda. I am coming forward to share because the topic comes up too often and because I have a lot of people who openly do tell me, they shop from us because they want to find a way to "do more" while here. They are not just interested in passing through the earth but they don't always know where to start. Before I ever recommend anyone get on a plane and go do good elsewhere, I always point out we have a hurt nation, that we love, and that we can work on. Charity will begin in our backyards. It's a huge problem to address, but we are capable if we decide to be.
So, feel free to reach out for a virtual cup of coffee or tea if you'd love to talk about the views offered in these productions further. The truth is that as a nation, we need to find a way to start talking about these issues that "quietly" plague us. We need to address them from a place that allows us to address their existence and potentially work on local efforts that birth a better way forward. I believe you can't address the present without understanding the past. This is why I recommend Turning Point on Hulu.
There's always this thing we do as Americans, we thank servicemen and women, there are also plenty of opportunities for us, as everyday citizens, to work on efforts within this country that encourage brotherhood, equity, kindness, togetherness and so much more. Being a patriot is for all of us.
Through this post, let's work locally and expand, as we heal, and provide room for healing to others. The truth is that as a nation, we need to find a way to start talking about these issues that "quietly" plague us. We need to address them from a place that allows us to address their existence and potentially work on local efforts that birth a better way forward. We need to re-examine our history and what we have been taught. I believe we can't address the present without understanding the past.
As you watch, consider these things to help you listen:
- What questions do you have?
- What did you not understand?
- What did you learn that you didn't know before?
- How did you feel as you listened to their stories?
I'd love to hear from you as we learn, share, and begin this work together.
Happy New Week.
Stay healthy and safe.
The LHo Team
PS: We added a picture of one of our interns from Kenya/ The East African Community planting trees. We promised to plant trees as you continued to shop us. Becca would like you to know the fruit trees are being planted.