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“Maturity is” (Announcing Kid-Friendly Quote of the Month!)

The kids and I are embarking upon a quote of the month venture. Feel free to join us! Each month we plan to choose a quote, discuss it, and hang it on the fridge for further pondering in the coming weeks.

This month’s quote is a handy definition from Dear Abby.

Maturity is:

  • The ability to stick with a job until it’s finished.
  • The ability to do a job without being supervised.
  • The ability to carry money without spending it.
  • The ability to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.

The kids and I talked about what all of those words mean, why those four things are difficult, why they are important, how by this definition some preteens are more mature than some octogenarians , and how this differs from the official 18 years old = adult. I mentioned how it might not be a complete list so we brainstormed for other points to add to it but haven’t come up with any definite ones yet.

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Question #14: In search of the right questions to combat racial injustice

(This post is part of a series for July 2013 entitled “Question Month.” Read the intro to the series here.)

My Facebook post earlier today:

“Question No. 14: What are the right questions to ask in the face of racial injustice so blatant it is difficult to breathe?”

In case you have been living blissfully unaware, take a look at the following:

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/florida/features/2013/oh_florida/zimmerman_reaction_in_florida_history_of_shameful_jury_decisions.html

http://awareofawareness.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/dear-america-its-not-you-its-me/

http://gawker.com/the-zimmerman-jury-told-young-black-men-what-we-already-770650992

http://www.standingonthesideoflove.org/blog/grieving-for-trayvon-all-over-again/

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

What can I personally do in my community to reduce racism?

Is there anything I can do directly for teenagers in particular?

In what ways am I complicit in allowing racism to exist in my presence?

Is there a tangible way to participate in the national protest of the Zimmerman verdict in balance with my regular obligations?

Who are the most influential racists in my community (specific prominent people as well as groups), and can they be swayed or are we just waiting for them to die out?

In what arenas is racism most destructive, and which fall closest to my skill set?

How can my privileged status (white, highly educated, financially stable, physically/mentally/emotionally healthy, gifted with supportive family and friends) be useful and not a barrier to collaboration?

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This I know: immeasurably precious though he is, my son’s skin does not make him more deserving of life and justice than any other.

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