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Defining Respect

There is a lot of discussion going around about football players kneeling during the National Anthem and how some folks see it as unpatriotic and disrespectful. I disagree.

If the players were turning their backs on the flag, or making rude gestures at it, that would be disrespectful. Instead, they are kneeling, or linking arms. This to me is a sign of grief and sorrow, not disrespect.

These players love this country, and so are grieved to know there is still so much hatred and racism. For those of color, they worry for their children, their friends, their fans, many of whom are daily subjected to mistreatment for the color of their skin.

If I scold my young son for hitting another child or calling them names, no one accuses me of not loving him. Quite the opposite, I am applauded for teaching him to treat others as he would like to be treated. These players are attempting to teach the country they love to look at how people of color are being treated, and apply the same lesson I teach my son – treat everyone regardless of differences, the way you wish to be treated.

That is not being disrespectful. Rather, it is the ultimate show of true respect for the principles that piece of cloth with its stars and stripes stands for – liberty and justice FOR ALL.

Math For Girls

There is a movie I haven’t been able to see yet, but am very much looking forward to: Hidden Figures. To say it’s about time would be a gross understatement. For me, this movie’s revelation was not learning of African-American women working as human computers for NASA; it was learning there were women involved at… Continue Reading

A Million Women Strong

Millions of women across the country and across the world marched in solidarity Saturday January 21st, and it is being hailed as the largest single protest march ever held. It was also entirely peaceful, with no arrests, no looting, no violence. Just one very loud and very strong voice putting the powers of the world… Continue Reading

Late Making History

The presidential race is in full swing and the first debate has occurred. I have to say this is certainly the strangest race in my memory, yet it is also a history making one. We have the first female presidential nominee from a major political party. Whether or not you like the person who has… Continue Reading

Entry #1

Hello and thank you for taking the time to visit my website and read my blog. If you’re thinking “Ordinary Feminist” is an odd term, you’re probably right. I found a lot of versions of feminism on line: liberal feminism, radical feminism, Third Wave, socialist, eco, the derogatory feminazi – the list goes on and… Continue Reading

Stopping the Hate

Once again the country is shocked and saddened by an act of hate taking the lives of 49 innocent people. Once again there is finger pointing and blame as the same question arises – why? Why is always the question everyone wants answered. And when the violator dies during the altercation, they cannot be asked… Continue Reading