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During WWII, a nurse named Irena Sendler watched the growth of Nazism and the brutal shifting of Jews from their homes to the death camps. This Christian woman and her friends declared war on Hitler and risked their lives to save Jewish children from the Nazis' Final Solution. Irene Sendler was caught and tortured for her work.

After all that she and those like her did to save the lives they could, because they believed they were worth saving, how can people now spit on their gift and wave the flag of anti-Semitism? How can they speak its foul cant to children, parents, and people who are trying to make contributions to society?

Speak out when you see or hear it. Write your defiance when you read it. Don't be afraid to offend when you have already been offended. Be an example. Be a hero, even if it's only for yourself. Don't let this poisonous plant continue to spread in our home.

We live in an appalling time in this country. I am reminded of the 1920s and 1930s, when Father Conklin, the German American Bund, Henry Ford's consistent anti-Semitism and re-printing of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion set the anti-Semitic tone, and the rise of lynchings of blacks and the Tulsa Race Riot marked the standard of race relations. Are we going to come to this state of white gangsterism again? Are we facing mob rule and the etiquette of schoolyard bullies?

Or do we stand up, speak out, cry out, write? Even if you feel you are the only one, the only voice, do it. You will have to live with yourself in later years, remember, and how do you think you will feel if you remember that you were once a coward? I have those moments to remember, and each time I do, they burn like fire. I can barely stand to remember them, and yet I can't avoid it. And each time the shame is as white-hot as the first time I said nothing, did nothing, wrote nothing, and turned away.

Thank you

Date: 2016-09-22 09:26 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Your words are extremely touching. Im a jew, and its heart warming to read that some out there is on your side.

Thank you

Thank you

Date: 2016-09-24 01:38 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
This brought tears to my eyes. I've always been inspired by the characters in your books, but today I'm inspired by YOU! Thank you!

Date: 2016-09-25 11:21 am (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
It's unbelievable and heart breaking. I keep saying that I don't recognize my country these days...but if I'm honest, maybe I really do. Our ugly side has come to the forefront and all our dirty laundry is being aired. I can only hope that it lets us kill it for good. Anything else is unacceptable.

Thank you

Date: 2016-09-25 02:08 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
I wanted to thank you for writing this.

I was on the fence on whether to go to a political event for fear it would be too negative and your post helped push me over into certainty that I needed to attend because of this very fear. Doing nothing is unacceptable if my conscience tells me otherwise.

Thank you!

Thank you.

Date: 2016-10-02 08:24 pm (UTC)From: (Anonymous)
Thank you. Your books have always stood out for the ways in which you give voice to female protagonists, protagonists of color, and working-class protagonists. I began them with my son when he was small ("Trickster's Choice" and "Trickster's Queen"), and have gone on to read almost everything you've written. (I say "almost" because I have saved some back so as not to be bereft when I run out.) I recommend them to friends, students, and colleagues at the university where I teach, and re-read my own cherished copies. I am not surprised to see your stance on the current political state we are in, but wanted to thank you for speaking out. I come from a mixed-race, mixed-status family, and your books were the first fantasy books that I ever read that represented our reality. Your solidarity means so much, then and now. Gracias.

Date: 2016-10-10 11:36 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] cranky_x_crocus
cranky_x_crocus: Character Minerva McGonagall with her hair down in a braid prepped for bed, looking concerned; light across her face. (HP || McMin || Braided concern.)
Thank you for continuing to light this fire under our arses. It's what I strive for every day, for myself and others and to be an example, but also to teach the children and youth I work with through doing as much as through saying. I am always inspired by the way they in turn use their words and actions to learn about, change and call out the problematic cultures around them.

I've resigned myself to the fact that I'll probably have to write and publish a nonfiction book by the time I'm 30. Disability, sex ed, emotional intelligence, the environment--who knows what it will be, but I'll be surprised if it doesn't get yanked out of me by my utter frustration and despair for the country I call home (halfway, at least, and England has lost the plot as well). I grumpily mutter about 'Silent Spring'--and how we need another one--at least once a week.

It's distressing to continue learning about history and see so much of it repeated on a global scale. This is what happens when cultures don't value teachers, education and conscience.

Mostly my brain just says the F word a lot and I'll admit it leaves my lips more than it used to, too.

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