Eyes Wide Open: To AL Activists

There he is again, that crow. Every time you think his cast of darkness has diminished, it’s back again. He hovers over what he thinks is his domain, swooping down on folks he feels resemble him. He is personified by those who feel that his presence will purify their land. He is their totem; they have kidnapped and laid claim to the crow the way they do with everything they touch. They have stigmatized him.

How could the crow, a symbol of spiritual transformation, be distorted? Name him; call him Jim, and POOF..he transforms into this repressive tyrant that flies in your face, moving you back, back to where he thinks he can capture you, encage you. He’s slick, too; he thinks you don’t see him coming, but your eyes are wide open.

Eyes wide open, you cast a wide net to capture “Jim”  and reclaim the crow to its original symbol of transformation. “Black is the new Jim!” Eyes wide open, (you know you dare not blink), you must nurture “Black;” fight, if you must, to realize her strength, beauty, and determination, to realize truth and justice.  Jim has no power or place in your existence, as long as you keep your eyes wide open. 

AL Legislature SB152 Bill against Florence protest.


I had to use the image of this powerful pin to symbolize BLACK, Pin by Takara
Protesting Confederate Monument in front of Lauderdale County Courthouse
Downtown Florence Protest

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Joy Juice

Our young folks are making “good trouble,” but we are vigilant, keeping a protective lookout for old “Jim.”  We do what we can, post, speak, pray, and hold the consciousness that truth always outshines the darkness.  Our eyes are wide open to recognize what must change and to initiate it however we can.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”John 1:5

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
~ Desmond Tutu
“One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.”
~ Kahlil Gibran
“Be a full bucket, pulled up the dark way of a well, then lifted out into the light.”   
~ Rumi 

“It’s all/good/love/God” – Victorine

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Author of  Be S.A.F.E., StillAware, Faithful, Excellent, now available on Kindle Amazon as an e-book.

“…the book title and its content are intended to be a whisper, reminding us that by taking the time to connect with our spiritual self, we can center through anything and that we are forever within the bubble of God’s protection.”

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