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I'm halfway through what has been, for me, one of the worst days this year after Pulse. I'm rallying. I have thoughts. I need to put them down on paper and mull them over in the coming weeks. This is terrible writing, but it is massively therapeutic.

Do we need protesting? Yes.
Do we need change? Yes.
Do we need activism? Yes.
Do we need an army? Absolutely. But let's talk about that.

We the people make up this nation and we elect specific people from within our numbers to keep our democratic republic in check and maintain the business of being a country for us. When they don't listen to us, we need to speak up, to protest. What we don't need are violent protests. While violence has moved progress forward in the past, it almost always takes a toll and exacts a price that none of us should be okay with. We have the power to work within our system to make the change we want to see, to set the bar higher. …


Thinking Through Anger to a Place of Understanding and Compassion

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I’ve spent the last couple days trying to understand the outrage around Kaepernick’s actions, and also wondering why no one is getting outraged over the Native American fight against the new pipeline, but that’s another discussion for another time. I see so much value in understanding what makes us tick as human beings since it gives perspective to the issues we face and allows empathy and connection to have a place in our dealings with each other.

If you aren’t sure who Kaepernick is or what the fuss is all about, google it and get up to speed. I’ll be here when you get back. The TL;DR, for people who are pressed for time, is that pro football player, Colin Kaepernick, recently became newsworthy because the media suddenly picked up on the fact that he has refused to stand this season during the national anthem as a form of protest to raise awareness and continue the conversation around the atrocities happening to people of color in the United States. …


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In which I ramble about what I think my brain is doing.

Have you ever watched the show “Miranda”? If not, I’ve included a link to it at the end of this piece should you care to check it out. “Miranda” is a British sitcom done in true sitcom style in front of a live audience with the typical cozy sets that never seem to change too much but always leave you feeling like you’re watching something filmed inside a really big dollhouse. …

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Shawn Carter

Unapologetic coffee addict, geek, and New York City fanboy, educating myself through photography and infrequent bouts of writing. | www.shawncarternyc.com

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