Eye opening and all around dope story, much appreciated sir!
Agreed, I second that notion!
This is a great piece of writing.
Well said. And it’s something I’ll remember.
For me, freedom is knowing that access to white privilege does not determine my worth, nor does it define my success.
You have graduated from the punch-out fighter to the real ring of life. I too, share a passion for the poor man’s sport, never knowing why I was so angry or filled with rage cause I couldn’t join the other kids due to my “poorness” and race status. I’d hit that bag so hard, I could feel my feelings numb with every…
This is powerful stuff, sir. Thank you for your story.
You nailed it!!!! Beautifully written.
Wow, this is so encouraging during these dark days.
Ah, nostalgia, 52 years ago I got booted out of 7th grade home room for declining to parrot the Pledge of Allegiance. So nice to see the youths of today keeping the tradition alive of actually thinking about what you’re being told to recite. Go Dash go!
What cracks me up is the how blindly hypocritical the people are who get angry about folks taking a knee. If only they got half-as-angry about black folks getting killed indiscriminately by police, “take a knee” wouldn’t have been a thing in the first fucking place. Note I didn’t even necessarily claim innocently,…
I did this in grade 7. I’d written an essay explaining why, in prep for being asked. My Mom was totally on board with the school giving me a 3 day in-school suspension as a punishment for not standing.
Tamir Rice was shot and murdered at 12. So they’re old enough to die but too young to cause her some minor discomfort. I’m so happy your son has received support. It’s vital he knows we’re out here even if we aren’t in the same city and we will fight to make sure nobody takes his rights away.
My Dad’s a disillusioned vet and my mom doesn’t believe in pledging blind allegiance to anything (especially not a piece of cloth which she, not unreasonably, considers idolatry). So their children did not do the Pledge. They didn’t force their beliefs on us. They explained their thinking and we compared it to the…
I started sitting for the pledge in high school. The reason for me was very simple, there is not liberty and justice for all. I had other students looking at me crazy. The teacher actually had a conversation about it for the entire class period. No one brought up the military in the conversation and eventually…
Bra-vo! I wanna stand up and shout after reading this. 1st, you are a phenomenal mother and as such, your kids’ strongest ally. Demanding apologies-PUBLIC and documented ones is very important. I would’ve done the same thing. I constantly blast people in the workplace who say negative or critical things that are…
The pledge is some fascist shit in its own right. It has no place outside of a tiki torch rally.