I Don’t Want to Be a “Bystander”

Who Were the “Bystanders”?

….“Bystanders” as used to refer to German and European populations close to the actual events are often defined by what they were not. They were not the “perpetrators” or the “victims.” Nor were they among the tiny minority of “rescuers” of the “victims.” “Bystanders” as a group have often been characterized as “passive” or “indifferent.” They included those, for example, who did not speak out when they witnessed the persecution of individuals targeted simply because they were Jewish, or during the phase of mass murder, did not offer shelter to Jews seeking hiding places.

The two words “passive” and “indifferent” themselves have distinct connotations. “Passive” implies “inaction.” Passivity could derive from a range of quite different feelings: from a sense of powerlessness, fear for one’s physical safety, social pressures within one’s group or community, or tolerance or support for the perpetrators’ actions.

“Indifferent” is defined as “having a lack of interest in or concern about something: apathetic.” The “indifference” of “bystanders” to the plight of Jews is often attributed to people’s daily preoccupations, from surmounting the hardships of the economic depression of the 1930s to focusing on the survival of their families in the face of wartime deprivations and suffering.

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There is an ongoing brutal war on immigrants and their children that amounts to ethnic cleansing. Just this week, the administration was revealed to be floating plans to create internment camps for detained migrant children. Internment camps for kids, and this is happening before our very eyes.  “No matter how the Trump administration attempts to spin its actions,” the ACLU continues, “the suffering it is causing is intentional and illegal, and the administration must be held accountable.”

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The Rise of Racist Rants Sign of the New Cruelty

You said it all, and well! I’m reblogging.

The Psy of Life

There are two news stories today that I think are more than intimately connected. First is a racist rant at a restaurant by some fragile whitey who was triggered by hearing Spanish being spoken. And, by the way, we are seeing entirely too much of this stuff, aren’t we? Can I get an Amen?

These aren’t people, these are animals

— The Ol’ Pussy Grabber on undocumented immigrants

And second, the Ol’ Pussy Grabber invited the media in to watch some cherry picked California elected Repubes bitch and moan about the sanctuary city laws in California and managed to rant about the animals coming into our country. He warn’t talking about no Mexican brown bears coming up to browse Big Bend National Park, neither. He was calling real live people animalsin front of god and the press and everybody.

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Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away

NOT SO LONG AGO, NOT SO FAR AWAY

Irate, Henry punished his  deaf and dumb boy by shooting his dog.  “Teach him a lesson,” he muttered.

Speechless, the dumb child ran away kicking stones,  absorbing the lesson.  Despite all the kicking the boots held up–zippers still worked, unrusted by rageful tears. And finally the lesson sank in.

Waiting til nightfall when all were asleep, the youth kicked over the lit candle and fled.

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You’re Fine

Perfect. That helps. New resolve! I’m reblogging.

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Last year I wrote about Being Kind – To That Special Someone.

Meaning YOU.

I think in this difficult time – and in good times too, all time, really – we need to be a lot nicer to ourselves.

Use the good china. Buy yourself flowers. Take a walk and look at the trees instead of your phone.

And please, please, please –

Don’t be so hard on yourself.

I don’t understand where all the self-criticism comes from.

Why, I like myself more than I like just about everyone else. And although I can readily admit my mistakes… (well, maybe not ‘readily’, but ‘eventually’)… I am also extremely forgiving of my mistakes and shortcomings.

After all, I have to be with myself one hundred percent of the time. It’s so much easier if we don’t fight.

I see and hear people fighting with themselves all the time. Self-criticism. Discouragement. You need to get over your disappointment in just how much you let yourself down. Forgive yourself a little. I forgive myself for so much I am constantly surprised by my generosity.

“Don’t worry, you’re fine,” I reassure myself.

“Oh…

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Disguise

Exquisite insight…I’m reblogging

Drift of Bubbles

If you’ve ever been a victim of trauma, or have done something you wish you hadn’t. Made a grievous mistake, or chosen a relationship poorly, you know what it is to wince at something from your past.  This is for us, the mistake makers.
The prompt for Day 2 is “Disguise.”

DisguiseDisguise

The deepest heart is secret, sometimes even to oneself
Horrors reside there, often concealed on a private shelf.
Behind lovely afternoons, indulgent lazy mornings,
precious private moments, lie alarm bells and dire warnings:
No trespass! No Entry! Go no further! Access denied!
And yet, heart racing, pushing forward, bewildered, untried,
our curious minds must see, and when revealed, revulsion
results, dread that, yes, this truth was real. Bitter compulsion
forces us to face that dire truth, but makes us disguise
it again, to hide it before our very self should capsize.

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A Guide to the Corporations Defunding Public Schools and Opposing Striking Teachers

Glad Ohio isn’t listed.

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THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ARTICLE YOU WILL READ TODAY. SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR SCHOOL BOARD, YOUR LOCAL MEDIA, YOUR ELECTEDS. TWEET IT. POST IT ON FACEBOOK.

In the states where teachers have engaged in walkouts and strikes, public education has been systematically starved of funding. Typically, corporate taxes have been cut so that funding for education has also been cut. The corporations benefit while the children and their teachers are put on a starvation diet.

Who are the corporations and individuals behind the efforts to shrink funding for public schools and promote privatization?

This article makes it clear.

It begins like this, then details a state-by-state list of corporations and billionaires backing the cycle of austerity and school privatization.

“The ongoing wave of teacher strikes across the US is changing the conversation about public education in this country. From West Virginia to Arizona, Kentucky to Oklahoma, Colorado…

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Non-Binary — a poem

NON BINARY

What is your status quo?

This or that, yes or no?

Cisgender’s binary,

But on the contrary

how would it seem

if you fell in between,

not male or female;

but beyond  the pale?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pinterest    An archetype, that’s what.

Half man half woman but

how to think of yourself

dressed in power and pelf

like a queen or a king?

But yet… but yet… which?

Be the son or the bitch?

And really be neither,

a free-to-believer!

Now shut both of your eyes,

try to visualize

YOU! Choose neither one!

And not just for fun!

So don’t ask what I be

I be me! And free!

And non binary!

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