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Feb 5, 2009
Painful to Hear
This isn't a craft related post. It's about something that happened a long time ago in America, something that sometimes still happens, in a million different ways, both subtle and not-so-subtle. Something that even you may have done without realizing it at the time. I know I have, and I am sorry for it.
It was told on NPR. I'll wait while you listen.
This particular story is about racism. The bigger picture, though, is about discrimmination in all it's forms. It's about Adolph Hitler and Anne Frank. The KKK and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pastor Fred Phelps and Matthew Shepard. And it's about each of us, and everyone around us.
It is the nature of Angstylvanians to be different, a little left of everyone elses' center, and we occasionally get flak for it from people who don't understand. Often they don't even know they're doing it, but we are stung, nonetheless. Try to remember that when someone responds negatively to something you've done or said. Take a moment to think about what you did, and if you don't see what was wrong with it, ask, humbly, for an explanation. Try not to come off as sarcastic, rather as someone who is truly trying to understand. It will go a long way toward healing the pain.