21 thoughts on “Protected: Stepping out from behind the shield

  1. Seeing a confederate flag draped across the hall from your son’s room was bad enough, but I gasp at the next photo. That is beyond awful and seems to me as being very close to a hate crime and threat.

    I feel that something should be done to that university. With Donald Trump inciting racism, and exclusion and violence as he weaves his way across the country and the media gives him much more coverage than the other candidates, it seems like racism is becoming even more acceptable in the eyes of many people….if that is even possible.

    Have you tried writing letters to the editor of the paper there or contacting local government? A flag is one thing but to make that call to violence statement is quite dangerous and disturbing.

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      1. Sounds like it. I would hope those kids are going to be extremely punished or expelled. There should be expulsion go something like that. But again, we have a media championing Trump and his extreme racism as the next President.

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  2. The school should be doing something about this. It makes me sick because it is a hate crime. I feel like if it said something about homosexuality it would be taken more serious.

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  3. The fact that you are writing about this is bringing awareness. People need to know this isn’t over. I’m simply underwhelmed by humanity on more occasions than I can count. Thanks for sharing this. It’s important that people know.

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  4. Reblogged this on Empower and Balance and commented:
    I wanted to share this very sad but powerful post by the author of this lovely blog I follow.

    I don’t normally post political posts on this blog but I could not let this blog post go unnoticed by others.

    My readers will remember that I’ve been an activist all my life and even more so as an adult. Even as I child, it broke my heart to see migrant worker’s children treated so badly by other children in school. I watched racial issues divide students in my schools. Since I’ve always been very spiritual as well, I just never understood this need to separate from others, treat others poorly, feel I was better than someone else. It just makes no sense to me.

    It is horrible that this young student written about in this post, had to withstand these hate crimes in his school and even worse that the administration did nothing. I feel that Donald Trump and his reality show imagined run for presidency, with all his blustery bullying belligerent and demeaning rhetoric and racism is making things even worse in this country. The fact that the media eats is up and even acknowledges that they give him more press than any other candidate as his violent show biz style sells more news is even worse.

    It is time for the shift into the light and it is time NOW! It is time for all of us to realize we are ONE, divine, created to live in light and love, supporting each other and this beautiful planet.

    I am so ready….for this darkness to be over and for humanity to shine!

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  5. For the love of God. This is the kind of thing that happened when I was your son’s age. I can only hope that those fools that did all of this someday look back in shame. I pray that your son knows this is a minority of people who think this way.

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    1. Donald,

      As much as the eternal optimist in me would like to believe that – I am doubtful. The actions of these individuals speaks volumes. I’m inclined to that they are reveling in the dissension that they have wrought.

      But –

      As you reap, you will sow.

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  6. BTW….thanks for following my “walk with me” blog. I think you already follow my empowerandbalance.wordpress.com blog. I am enjoying your blog and did post this post on FB and my empower and balance blog.

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  7. Mr. Weaver, I commend you for you outreach, as it is admirable – you could have elected to stand on the sideline, but you opted for engagement.

    You alluded to me being a man of God and an intellect… I lay no claim to either title other than my search for God’s face is the only call to wisdom that I can acknowledge.

    Disclaimer: I am a student of the Civil War and Reconstruction Period of American history as it represented a squandered opportunity to live up the ideals elucidated in the Constitution.

    Allow me to address some of the points that you’ve alluded to, perhaps this can serve as instructive. Long ago, when I was your age, I had this gritty assurance that I had everything figured out, but the passage of time has shown that to a fictitious flight of fancy.

    The flag:

    If you recall, this flag was in the limelight in lieu of the events that took place on June 17, 2015, when 9 people were assassinated in a house of worship. The perpetrator was a self-described white supremacist and in many of the pictures procured from social media and his flash drive, this flag was a focal point in many of them.
    As you mentioned, this flag was not the official symbol of the Confederacy, but it did come to be associated with the Confederacy after the conclusion of the war – where history clearly documents that the South was not the victor.

    This flag made a resurgence of sorts in 1948 when the Dixecrat party embraced the flag as a symbol of resistance to the Democratic Party of the time, who adopted a Civil Rights platform. It was at this time that the flag became to be synonymous with segregation and antagonism towards people of color.

    Considering that this flag symbol is used as a symbol, a proverbial call to arms by a cornucopia of hate groups, your choice to display this flag on your door, in a public venue – can only be judged in that construct. There were more instructive ways that you could have engaged your peers, but I am curious and saddened that you opted not to explore any of them.

    I encourage you to do a google search for “Confederate flag during the Civil Rights Movement” and I challenge you to secure an image where this symbol was used to in your words:
    “to evoke critical thinking”

    You should be encouraged to embrace history, but you can’t choose which elements of that history to hold dear, which to ignore and those that you wish to plead ignorance to – you are in academic environment and you should endeavor to be better than that. If you are oblivious to the history that encompasses this flag then this speaks to a larger problem altogether.

    Consider the logic behind this… The officials of the now defunct Confederate States of America, took up arms against the United States.

    And –

    The US Constitution defines treason as levying war against the government and aiding and abetting its enemies. By that definition, every Confederate soldier in the Civil War—as well as every political leader—was a traitor.
    Given that the South lost the Civil War it is illogical to reconcile this fact with the old adage of:

    “History is told by the victors.”

    If so…

    Why are these figures honored?

    Why is there scant attention paid to the nearly 4 million people dehumanized and held in bondage at the outset of the conflict?

    Aren’t they heroic figures as well?
    Are they worthy of honor?

    Although there were a number of reasons for the American Civil War, but slavery stood as the predominate issue for succession. The Vice-President of the Confederacy, Alexander H. Stephens on March 21, 1861 referenced this as a pillar of the new government, during his now infamous “Cornerstone Address”, I encourage you to read this as well.

    Privilege –

    This isn’t a term tendered to make people feel guilty, that is the last emotion that you should contend with. However, if you harbor guilt perhaps it is indicative of a resistance to your being empowered by a realization that has escaped you up to this point.

    In short, what this term means is that you are afforded privileges in America that aren’t necessarily afforded to those of another skin color.
    Whether you acknowledge it or not, you do benefit from it – and you should consider it a duty to have an awareness of this fact. I would suggest that you read Peggy McIntosh’s piece: “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”.

    However, what is offensive is the ignorance claimed, whether real or feigned that I would encourage you to rise above. Aspire to be better and not to shirk the responsibility to move beyond the confines of what you think that you know.

    If you are sincere in your outreach I encourage you to dig deeper for the truth that is implicit in searching God’s face and empathize with why a person of color might see this flag as offensive and even threatening.

    Look at the history and the legacy of this flag and you will find the answers to your questions bringing you to terms with the accusations that have been levied at you.

    Be empowered to do what is hard and “evoke critical thinking”.

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About Shun P. Writes

Writer, poet, possessor of 2 cents, blogger, recovering corporate animal and eternal student of life, who harbors a firm belief in his Grandmother's mantra that: "People need to get off of their rump and do something". All while keeping in mind that a cheering section will only get in the way.