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May 7, 2010

Welcome to my blog! It has been a blessing to have gotten to know so many of you through my radio show on WVON as well as through my other appearances on various platforms, in my many and varied incarnations. Deborah Douglas, a brilliant writer at Huffington Post, has been after me forever to begin this blog. She has rightly pointed out that although we get a chance to speak with one another throughout the week, there is more that you need and want to say. So Deborah, thank you for the push! And everybody, let’s get things started… Beginning today, I invite you to come on over, have a seat and click away!

I hope that together you and I will use this platform to discuss the matters of the day, be they social, political, religious, cultural, institutional or personal. Together…That is the key. Together let us endeavor to have conversations that are civil, civilized and — as we grow together — loving. We can and will disagree; let’s just try to remain agreeable as we do so.

I’ll post some stories here and I’d love for you to post stories, as well. Who knows? I might be able to cover them on my radio show or write about them. And if there is something we have covered on the show that you would like to comment upon further, please let me hear from you.

So, let us begin…

This is Mother’s Day weekend and it is my privilege to inaugurate this blog as we celebrate the women who gave birth to us all. And as we honor our Mothers, let us be mindful of the origins of this holiday.

Julia Ward Howe, the lyricist for the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” was an ardent proponent of human rights, an abolitionist, a pacifist and a poet. Even though this song was adopted by the Union Army as its “battle hymn,” it was originally an abolitionist anthem; indeed, it was her plea to end slavery. Although her pacifist leanings made Mrs. Howe a reluctant warrior, she was a fierce and unyielding foe of that “peculiar institution,” human beings as chattel: slavery.

As much as she deplored slavery and worked toward its extinction, she anguished over the magnificent toll the war exacted of America: More than 600,000 Americans died in this conflict, and to this day there is no reliable accounting for the physical and psychological wounds of the survivors of the war. According to records and reflections of that period, the devastation was indescribable. To this day the Civil War remains this country’s most devastating and arguably most defining moment.

It was in that context that Mrs. Howe made her case for the end to war and the commencement of peace. Grounded in the belief that women had a responsibility to craft our societies at the political level, she issued a Mother’s Day Proclamation and called upon a “general congress of women without limit of nationality” to come together and actively campaign for peace as a reaction to the carnage of that war.

That’s a radical thought today. Can you imagine demanding the end of war and the beginning of peace? What about her call to all women to come together and heal the world? It has been more than 100 years since she issued that call. Is this the “impossible dream” or an achievable one?

But let’s move beyond the institutional to the personal. Depending upon how you experienced your Mother, this can be a tough or tender holiday. The fortunate are at peace with their Mothers. Some are emotionally estranged from their Mothers. Others long for the embrace of the Mother who rests in the bosom of eternity, while others still never knew her at all. How can the disturbed be comforted? How can the comfortable comfort the disturbed?

How will you celebrate Mother’s Day? How should we celebrate Mother’s Day?

Please let me know…

However you celebrate this blessed holiday, I pray you will be surrounded by love, whatever your thoughts and memories of your Mother may be…

God bless you.

Love and blessings,
Santita a.k.a. Mrs. Jacqueline Jackson’s Daughter

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. deadlinedd permalink
    May 7, 2010 2:26 pm

    Santita: The time spent nagging you to do this blog has been great. You are such a pleasure! I’m so glad you’ve decided to carry on your engaging conversations in the blogosphere. I look forward to having some, um, interesting discussions with you.

  2. Darlene Kemp permalink
    May 8, 2010 3:05 am

    Santita, I love it! Looking forward to more interesting topics. My sister you are the Best!

  3. May 15, 2010 11:08 am

    I too am concerned about the recent nominee. A prof. who does not publish, even with the ‘Harvard’ stamp of approval (ever read the magazine they used to put out, and National Lampoon that came out of it — the racism in the 70’s and 80’s in those magazines would make anyone sick, yet these same people are now hailed as the best comedy writer’s in the country. Take P.J, O’Rourke for example, the conservative racist). I come from an academic background (thank God my book and radio work got me out of that game), and know the kind of prof. who does not publish — they are the same ones who have little going on up stairs.

    Pres. Obama seems to be trying so hard to show the white establishment that he is on their side that he errors on the side of caution. I still dream that he will get re-elected, start dressing in black leather and sunglasses, and throwing out a few Panther Salutes… but that is not going to happen.

    Thank you again for the great words. I will certainly begin following your blog. Johnathon recommended it, and quite frankly, I find him to be one of the most astute men I have ever met. Another thing — that they did not sell him ION should be a huge issue, as well… where were the activists when his high bid was turned down for reason that have everything to do with his politics and race, and nothing to do with what they cited — something about Johnathon and his crew not being the ‘type’ they want to own a station. I know why this is, too…. The Jacksons have always been a danger to the status quo. I am trying to get Johnathon to run for Mayor — how about giving him a smack on the head and a talk about how he is NEEDED NOW.

    Big Love

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