The Bittersweet Dream of Dr. King

 

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It’s Martin Luther King Day. Cities around the nation will have annual parades and celebratory gestures in honor of the man, who had a specific dream.

However, this M.L.K day feels quite different from the previous ones.

Here’s why, President Obama, our first black president gave a farewell speech last Tuesday. It was a beautiful farewell to a standup man, met with hostility and disapproval simply because he is black.

Despite his credentials, clean record, poise as a leader, some could not accept a black man being a leader, being president. After all, history made its best attempt to ensure it wouldn’t happen.

Too soon, a man will take office, who is making it his point to erase President Obama’s legacy and Dr. King’s dream. Not only that, he is stripping all diversity and reverting to a government where the representation in the White House is rich, white men.

He has purposely appointed people, who are known for their Alt-Right views, moving us further away from the Dr. King dream.

The slogan itself, “Make America Great Again,” a slap in the face and racism at its best. After all, when has America ever been great for anyone other than people like him.

Like many, I am left perplexed at how that man is our next president. I am insulted at how anyone can support such immortality, making excuses for his shortcomings and ridiculing people like Meryl Streep for calling him out on his… stuff.

Every time we fight for justice, fight for equal rights, there is resistance.

What is wrong with everyone being treated with respect and being “judged by the content of their character?” It is saddening how many do not realize what side they are truly on.

When you support people like Trump, you ARE choosing the side of the oppressor.

Many are fearful of what is to come. My peace is knowing, despite how it appears, God is still in control. He saw this coming; it was in the plans. Now, we must wait and see. Much will be revealed through this presidency. My hope, unity will come in the most unlikely way. After all, M.L.K day and our first black president are proof our country is capable of moving toward equality.

-Ebby

 

 

 

Dear Someone, Dear No one

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Dear Someone, who cried out when Kaepernick didn’t stand for the anthem but remain mute about the 13 black people unjustly  killed by police since his protest
Dear No one, who believe that an armed trained individual has a right to fear for their life, but a black unarmed man, who has his hands up and is still being killed does not.
Dear Someone, who shouted #backtheblue, posted police shields as their profile pictures but didn’t utter a word about the black men killed unjustly that same week.
Dear No one.… your silence speaks louder than your spoken words and I hear you, they hear, we all hear. Just know this, You.are.part.of.the.problem

Sincerely,

A scared black woman who fears for the lives of her husband, father, brothers, son and black students

Christian Writer: How Real is Too Real?

I’m often torn with how “real” to be, when it comes to writing. I’m not a cookie cutter Christian and I don’t want to pretend to be.

Christians make a huge mistake of pretending to be something we are not.

We are flawed, we make mistakes and sometimes, our actions do not match what we profess. Don’t get me wrong, I know some true Mother Teresas and Ms. Claras (War Room) out there, but they too, are flawed.

Like many, my past is not some wholesome Christian journey to freedom. So, when I write fiction, realistic fiction, I want to stay true to my reality and the reality of so many others. Yet, I struggle with knowing where to draw the line.

I’ve learned the main culprit of my struggle is worrying too much about what other people think.

My biggest pet peeve is being misunderstood and hearing incorrect perceptions of me. The thing is, as an introvert and more as writer that comes with the territory. Thankfully, my husband and a few close friends have mastered the art of not caring and remaining true to them regardless. I’m slowly learning from them.  More importantly, I’m reminding myself of the only opinion that matters. In everything I do, I strive to please God above all else.

Ralph Emerson once penned, “To be great is to be misunderstood.” You have to be you, wp-1463495330817.jpgand not worry or care too much if people get it. At the end of the day, you must know and remember Who and why you write.

Do you struggle with how real to be in your writing? Do you struggle with being misunderstood? What are some ways you handle it?

Ebby ♥


 

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CALLING ALL AUTHORS

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EBBY ♥


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Preparation DFWCON: The Experience

The hardest part of attending a conference is stepping out of my introvert comfort zone and being in the midst of a crowd of strangers. Yet, there is a rush I cannot describe that accompanies doing something I’ve never done before. I plan to walk in there with my head held high, which isn’t very high since I’m a short person, but that’s beside the point…. I’m going to walk in there with confidence and soak up every ounce of the experience. Though pitching my novel to an agent is a huge opportunity, I don’t want it to be the sole focus of this event and miss the other great aspects. I’ll be learning new skills that I’ll surely blog about in the near future, I’ll be meeting many likeminded people and who knows, I may leave there with new lifelong friends. So, my advice, whatever new thing you’re doing this week, this month or this year, soak in every aspect of the moment.

DFWCON.org  provides more tips on how to make the most of your experience at the writer’s conference.

EBBY ♥

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