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Category: Critical Thought

Behind the Curtain: From Navajo Code to Trump’s Code of Casual Racism

Trump’s “Pocahontas” bit while honoring Navajo code talkers wasn’t the end of the world.  But it still signals a big problem. Let me tell you why.

 

Sometimes I feel like I spend a lot of time yelling, “Look behind the curtain.”  But a republic needs informed citizens, fully aware of what levers the wizard is frantically pulling while hoping we distractedly keep our eyes on the big floating head of Oz.

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You Too Can Stick Their Feet to the Fire. Ask Me How.

 

Actually, it’s really as simply as that. Just one word. “How?”

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find Out What It Means by Asking the Right Questions

What do you respect?

 

Something happens, and it upsets you.  Why? We often believe we know the reason.  But we often don’t know the whole story. Because we operate on assumptions without first asking the right questions.  Even when dealing with ourselves.

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Wherein I State How I Mean to Continue

 

Over the past few years, I have been encouraged by friends to start blogging.

 

I don’t profess to be the wisest or smartest person. I do not claim to be the only one with the answers. I do not have perfect spelling, punctuation or grammar. (I try but sometimes fall short.)  My use of the Oxford comma comes and goes. (I was originally taught not to use it; now it’s popular. Go figure.)

 

But I would like to share some of my insights into what is happening around us and how to sift through the overwhelming amount of information we get these days.  My aim is to talk about not only what is going on, but what has gone on before and offer ways to think about it all a bit more critically.   Continue reading

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