Appropriation Continued

There have been times in my life where I have been forced to think about uncomfortable things. Things I did not want to accept or deal with for one reason or another. As I sit here on the third day of July, I am in that place again, but it is a place I need to be in because if we do not think about the hard things, then you will never see progress in anything important.

As I wrote yesterday, it was brought to my attention that I was doing a thing I shouldn’t be doing. For the record, to all of you who have said the person who said these things had no right to, I strongly disagree with you and I ask you to sit back and read what is written or kindly go away with your closed minds. For those of you who see this as an opportunity for me to use the white privilege so many deny, to make sure that I do the right thing and I show it to as many people as possible, I would like you to take the seats of those who just left and also welcome you to the twenty-first century.

Me changing this is not about doing a thing so people I know will give me internet points. It is not because I feel the weight of guilt, it is simply because I saw a thing, a simply illustrated point, and it touched me to the point to where I knew I had to change my behaviors or else I was just as bad as all the people I rail about on a routine basis, and I assure you that is the last place I want to be.

To those of you who haven’t read the conveniently linked thing I wrote yesterday, it has been brought to my attention that me calling those people closest to my heart my Tribe was an appropriation of a native term that I had no right in using whatsoever and I have decided to change that word and document that I have done it because people must realize that there are SIMPLE things you can do to change the entirety of the world if you just take a moment and I think on it, especially if it is uncomfortable to do so.

Instead of that word, I will henceforth use My People, which I use on occasion anyway, so it is not exactly a dramatic transition to use one instead of the other. People, a word that each and every one of us can use because at the end of the day, at the base of all the madness and ego, that is what we all are, is people.

So I encourage you to look into your lives and see if you are stealing, intentionally or otherwise, from a culture that you should not be. It may seem innocent to you, as it did to me, but upon further reflection, it occurred to me that it does indeed hurt those that it belongs to and I have no reason, none, to keep it in my life and continue that hurt.

I will be looking deeper into my own life to see if there are other things that I need to change in order to not only lessen the hurt and theft from others but to indeed better myself and those around me with education.

Stay safe, wash your hands, wear your masks, and, as always, until next time, I bid you peace.

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