The Issue of Reparations is a Very Touchy Subject, but I Want to Address It

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In 2003, Dave Chappelle lampooned the issue of reparations for Black Americans. This is the only levity they’ll be in this post. The image was taken from a a screenshot (video).

The issue of reparations is being discussed among Democratic 2020 presidential candidates. Of all the candidates, Bernie Sanders has been singled out; he is being heavily criticized because he doesn’t support reparations. Is that fair? On some level, it isn’t.

That said, I wanted to make this post to express my views on the subject (and what I think about Sanders’ stance on it, among others). This post might be a little sloppy, but that’s because I am still learning about this topic and figuring out to express my views on the topic. That said, I know that we must have a general understanding of what is being asked and how the issue originated.

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Famous Sayings #142 — ‘Forty Acres and a Mule’

March 24, 2019

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Waud, Alfred R. (Alfred Rudolph), 1828-1891, artist. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The phrase “forty acres and a mule” hits on a touchy subject: the issue of reparations for many Black Americans. This is something I must write about, especially since it is an issue for several Democratic 2020 presidential candidates.

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Famous Sayings #141 — ‘Luck Is when Preparation Meets …’

March 17, 2019

Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

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Image made by me. May use with permission.

Here’s your second Famous Sayings post for today. Since this is St. Patrick’s Day, I picked out one that deals with luck.

The first time I heard the phrase, “Luck Is When Preparation Meets Opportunity,” I was watching the film “Little Black Book” starring the late Brittany Murphy as Stacy Holt. Early in the movie, Stacy’s mother (played by Sharon Lawrence) told her daughter, “What did I say about luck?” to which Stacy replied, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” That always stuck with me.

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Famous Sayings #140 — ‘Do Not Go Gentle …’

March 17, 2019

Do not go gentle into that good night …

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Original image by Sheila in Moonducks via Flickr. Some rights reserved.

If you were looking forward to more Famous Sayings posts, today is your lucky day. I missed a post last week, so I’m making up for that. And since this is St. Patrick’s Day, this is part of a twofer.

Every now and then, I will hear someone on a television show or in a movie say, “I will not go gently into that good night,” or some variation of it. Given the context of that dialogue, the meaning might be clear, but it may differ from the original iteration, “Do not go gently into that good night.”

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Famous Sayings #139 — ‘Treading Water’

March 3, 2019

No matter what we do, somethings it feels like we’re treading water each month. We barely have enough money left over after paying our bills.

Believe it or not, this term was kind of a last-minute decision for today. While planning out the next few months, I had to switch some things around, but to my surprise, there was no phrase planned for today. So, I chose a phrase that reminded me of one situation I was in a couple of years ago.

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