Autocracy’s Check List ~ Does it sound familiar? ~ Due Diligence Before Voting ~ The Children are listening and watching

Autocracy’s Check List ~ Does it sound familiar? ~ Due Diligence Before Voting ~ The Children are listening and watching

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. People know themselves much better than you do. That’s why it’s important to stop expecting them to be something other than who they are.”
Maya Angelou

Autocratic Republican Trumpism’s Death Knell on Democracy ~ Check-List Before Voting

Autocratic Republican Trumpism’s Death Knell on Democracy ~ Check-List Before Voting

Autocratic regimes leave ashes behind – a legacy of multigenerational trauma – followed by the sorrowful reality of the needlessness of lives altered and lost – with generations left behind to pick up the pieces.

For what? The result of pathological damaged egos pursuing manic delusions of achieving absolute superiority, power and its control.

American Democracy has never been on auto-pilot and taking it for granted allows for insidious autocratic forces to displace the core principles and quality of life provided living in a Democracy.

So what are the differences between an Autocracy and Democracy?

Do we realize what is at stake – at risk?
Do we have a choice?
Is it just about a candidate, political party, gas prices, the economy and/or contrived social-cultural distractions?

DEMOCRACY vs. AUTOCRACY ~ History ~ Chapter 2024 ~ In Surround Sound and High Definition

DEMOCRACY vs. AUTOCRACY ~ History ~ Chapter 2024 ~ In Surround Sound and High Definition

We tend to think of history as times, places, events and protagonists living in the past.

History can become somewhat cloudy as we move from generation to generation.

But in 2023, history is being, not only written, but starkly watched and heard 24/7, providing raw truths of what it means to live in a Democracy versus and Autocracy.

We did not write the past chapters of humankind. But regardless of our social-cultural-political affinities, each of us can contribute to the next chapter.

We have a choice in 2024, in the present, to impact the future.

What is the legacy that we as Americans want to leave behind – no longer held hostage by its past?

Engaging in the “White on White Conversation” on Racism and Hate ~ The Choice ~  The Willingness ~ The  Readiness ~ The Work

Engaging in the “White on White Conversation” on Racism and Hate ~ The Choice ~ The Willingness ~ The Readiness ~ The Work

Why the hesitation by white people to engage with white people in difficult and uncomfortable discourse on racism and hate?
Some would argue that the reasons are due to the “teflon effect”, “cognitive dissonance”, “white fragility”, “fear” and a lack of knowledge.
“White on White” conversations can become contentious, uncomfortable and question social-cultural loyalties.
But we are in the 21st century and “White on White” conversations are taking place by choice, with emotional intelligence and moral courage.
Inclusive generational alliances are in motion and a reality.

Surviving 2nd Language Acquisition . . . and then She Appeared . . .

Surviving 2nd Language Acquisition . . . and then She Appeared . . .

Schools to my immigrant uneducated parents were “Temples of Learning” and teachers were “Holy”.
The plan was simple – they would sacrifice and I would attend school.
Their past would not dictate my future.
But what they did not realize was that sometimes classrooms can imprison and oppress.
I was not learning but merely surviving – until she appeared . . .

Voter Risk Management ~  Conscious Conscientiousness to Enhance the Quality of Life for All

Voter Risk Management ~ Conscious Conscientiousness to Enhance the Quality of Life for All

It was 1869 when African American men were allowed to vote.
It was 1929 when women were finally acknowledged as voters.
It was 1965, just 58 years ago, when the Voting Rights Act attempted to end voting discrimination.
It’s the 21st Century and voter suppression remains a reality by politicians who promote obstruction, denialism, division, Big-Little Lies and extremism.
A democracy requires citizens who vote keeping in mind our history, casting their ballot with due diligence, emotional intelligence and moral courage.
Civic duty, in the 21st century, requires risk management as to authenticity, credibility and trust.
Who are the candidates that will enhance the quality of our Democracy and the quality of our lives?

Separátocide ~ Earning the Name

Separátocide ~ Earning the Name

We now have a name for it – Separátocide – The forced separation of children from parent(s) and the caging of children.
The horrific images of traumatized children being separated and imprisoned in cages left many Americans shocked and empty – beyond sorrow.
Citizens began to recognize the politicized fraudulent ideology of the past . . . “solving the immigrant question”.
No, it was not the 1940s but America in the 21st Century.

Diversity Literacy Galaxy Model ~ Do We Dare to Look Through the Lens?

Diversity Literacy Galaxy Model ~ Do We Dare to Look Through the Lens?

Conversations about Diversity can be uncomfortable and exasperating.
It is easier to not engage, frustrated by what we don’t know that we don’t know about Diversity.
Unfortunately, ‘Diversity’ has been politicized and weaponized leading to fear, confusion and reluctance to civilly and openly discuss Diversity and its threads.
The Diversity Literacy Galaxy Model provides language, knowledge-bases, and context that can provide opportunities for discourse through introspection, personal growth and change.

Discourse with Mutual Respect, Dignity and Integrity ~ Humanizing Norms When Discussing Diversity

Discourse with Mutual Respect, Dignity and Integrity ~ Humanizing Norms When Discussing Diversity

“When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it. There is no greater evil one can suffer than to hate reasonable discourse. To express oneself badly is not only faulty as far as the language goes but does some harm to the soul.”
Attributed to Socratic Philosophy