This was written by a coworker I respect, yesterday, as a heart-felt Facebook post after the first of two horrible shootings of black men by police. I asked and received his permission to share it.
Will, a veteran and active Guard member, is a cut-up, a photographer, an artist, a fan off all things science fiction/fantasy/absurd (especially superheroes), a dad, a husband, a friend, a family member, a human. When I read the post, I found it to be powerful poetry. This is his real photo, too. He is Will. He is us.
We are all responsible for the changes that must be made in American society.
In writing Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry, my narrator Dani was easy to create. Her voice rang in my mind as soon as I imagined her (she is still making comments, by the way, even as I pen …
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I send this out to friends and strangers, to souls in pain over decisions made by organized religious groups. As you grieve and restructure, remember that religion is not God, rituals are not in fact the true practice of faith, and the errant cruelty of a misguided few cannot overshadow the beauty of love, kindness, and connection to the wondrous diversity of humanity.
Diversity continues to be a vibrant topic in Children’s Literature, with many difficult and rewarding conversations taking place. This last week I’ve watched many folks get heated, offended, confused, frustrated, even downright angry–then back off, regroup, and dive back in with civil discourse. Way to lead, all of you. This is how it is done. I think the community is setting an example that I wish politicians and government leaders would follow. Talk. Talk some more. Listen. Listen even harder. Then do the right thing. If you figure out you made a mistake, apologize and try again. Do not give up. Do not quit. I’m proud to know so many children’s authors, especially right now!