Three things came together

One of the values of a quiet afternoon of perusing blogs and web sites is an occasional synchronicity.

Several sites came together for a moving hour for me. All were previously posted by folks  I follow.

One is a blog by P. L. Thomas, EdD, professor of education at Furman University in Greenville South Carolina. He outlined specific steps to help combat the pernicious problem of racism. We know that our DNA puts all humankind in the same boat, but somehow, we still focus on the differences between people rather the similarities.

Here’s a link to “Resistance in Black and White: On White Proximity and Solidarity.”

Another is “KO Rural Mad as Hell Blog,” authored by a rural physician. She reposted clips about “Across the Universe,” those short minutes moving in themselves. I’ve never seen the movie, but I’d like to see the “Let It Be” sequences in the context of the overall film. Audiences loved it. Critics gave it a mixed review.

One clip is a behind the scenes look at that portion of the film, a country reeling from unrest and riots. The other is the scene itself.

Finally, I follow a blog titled “A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice: News and Views.” Maybe it was the conjunction of thoughts of how to combat racism and the heartfelt music that made me pause, but the news story in the Boston Globe with the headline ” ‘What unites us is always stronger than what divides us’ ” offered a glimpse of hope.

It’s guaranteed, in my case, that I’ll be thinking about this (sobered but hopeful) in the week ahead.


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