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Double Standard Much?

WARNING: Content may be sensitive to some "snowflakes".


Good Afternoon Freedom Family,


You know I have an opinion on pretty much everything. Well, this day is no different.


Apparently, Boston City Democratic Mayor Michelle Wu has come under verbal fire for hosting a "No Whites" Holiday Party for election city council members. Her designated aide, DosSantos accidently sent out an email to all 15 city council member (7 of which are white).


As reported by the Boston Herald, the actual email read as follows: "Honorable members: On behalf of Mayor Michelle Wu, I cordially invite you and a guest to the Electeds of Color Holiday Party."


"I wanted to apologize for my previous email regarding a Holiday Party for tomorrow," DosSantos wrote. "I did send that to everyone by accident and I apologize if my email may have offended or came across as so. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused."


In my opinion, her response was condesending at best. It seemed she wasn't defending the content of email, but rather she was just regretful that she got caught being a racist.



Is it fair for me to call this an act of racism? Because afterall, you have to be white to be a racist... right?(Sarcasm) Wrong! Racism is nondiscriminatory across all races, backgrounds, and ecoinomic statuses.


Councilor Worrel gave a flimsy excuse , "We make space and spaces for all kinds of specific groups in the city and city government. This is no different, and the Elected Officials of Color has been around for more than a decade."


Have y'all noticed above, that when describing the council members, I do not use color or race descriptive words to describe who I am referring? There is a simple reason for that... it's nonsense and racist, IMHO.


Let me explain, we have been indoctrinated to use color, race, and religious terms to describe communities. Examples: The Black Community, The White Community, The Asian Community, The Amish Community. Think about it, how are we ever going to start looking past the color of our skin if we can't stop placing ouselves in these stupid racial boxes.


When are we just going to be the human race and the American Community? Nothing will change unless we change our perspective and our descriptions of our own selves.


Let me ask you to consider, what would have happened if the "white" council members had an "Electeds of Non-Color Party"? I think we all know the answer the that question. Either way, I personally would be offended just by the divisiveness of it all.


I have several memories of experiencing racism. Yes, I'm caucasion and I, too have experienced racism... and misogynism and ageism, but the latter two are for another time.


Right now, I am only going to share an experience that I had as a home health nurse:

I was given an assignment to see patients in the "south end". ( I don't know where you come from, but where I come from we designate certain areas of the city by direction... North, South, East, or West) Well, the south end of this city was primarily a "black" community. (Oh, how I despise that term, but I digress).


Anyway, I knocked on one patient's door and was met with a disgusted stare down. I explained that I was there to see Ms. So-n-So. Then without hesitation, the person responded in a hateful voice, "Why did they send a little white girl to take care of my grandma".


I'm not going to lie, I was a little taken back and became very nervous at that point. However, I politely and quickly responded with a direct and matter of fact answer, "Because they knew that I would take good care of your grandma." I was then permitted inside the home where multiple family members were gathered around. Let me tell y'all, if looks could kill... well you know the rest.


Long story short, after returning to this patient's home several times over a 3 month period, I was welcomed more each time. When it came time to discharge the patient from homecare, I received a letter from the patient's daughter. It stated that she was sorry for how she and her family treated me when I first arrived at their home and that she now considered me part of their family.


You see, we all have more in common than we have in difference. Does that mean that we shouldn't celebrate our heritages? No, but we should be able to recognize and admit that racism is not a one-way street.


I, for one am proud of my heritage and y'all should be, too. The double standard has to end though!! I have had ENOUGH!!


Much Love,

Angela RN (Freedom Nurse)


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