Archive for: January 2017

I want the full menu of rights

“I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.” ~ Desmond Tutu

Photo: Joshua Wanyama/Flickr

On Journalism’s Purpose: Explore The Meaning

Dear Journalists: We need you more than ever to report the facts, but also to delve into the meaning. This is done by exploring metaphors within events.

Example: The horrific shooting at the popular gay nightclub, The Pulse in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. This attack was one of the deadliest in recent years. A rare event = a sign or omen.

This is one of the events that telegraphed the results of the 2016 Election. Let’s look at two metaphors.

1. The Pulse = the heartbeat, the primal rhythm = the state of the heart that we can expect within the new presidency.

2. 49 people killed, 53 injured = many people were ‘shot down.’ The Pulse was a refuge. A shooting tells us not only LGBT rights are under threat, but all civil rights. A dangerous downward spiral will occur under this new presidency. We must be vigilant.

Thank you, Journalists, for expanding your narrative beyond the rush of facts and for writing thought-provoking articles!

Image: Steven Wright, http://wrightmarks.com

On being outspoken.

you tell me to quiet down cause
my opinions make me less beautiful
but i was not made with a fire in my belly
so i could be put out
i was not made with a lightness in my tongue
so i could be easy to swallow
i was made heavy
half blade and half silk
difficult to forget but
not easy for the mind to follow

~ rupi kaur

Digital art: dimitrosw, deviantart.com