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President Barack Obama’s speech

from

2008

when he was Senator Obama and a presidential candidate:   

‘A More Perfect Union,’

this speech addressed the issues of racism in America.

President Obama NAMED our America.

T/his speech was made eleven years ago in Philadelphia.

T/HIS speech is

RELEVANT / RAW CLEAR SIGHT

NOW!

YES, DO WATCH.

 

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ELEVEN YEARS LATER,

“WHITE SAVIOR”

TELLS OUR AMERICA’S

REALITY

YES, DO WATCH.

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TEN YEARS LATER,

THIS
IS
AMERICA

YES, DO WATCH.

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https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88478467

The following is a transcript of the remarks of Democratic Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, delivered March 18, 2008, in Philadelphia at the Constitution Center. In it, Obama addresses the role race has played in the presidential campaign. He also responds to criticism of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, an unpaid campaign adviser and pastor at Obama’s Chicago church. Wright has made inflammatory remarks about the United States and has accused the country of bringing on the Sept. 11 attacks by spreading terrorism.

“We the people, in order to form a more perfect union …” — 221 years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America’s improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars, statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.
The document they produced was eventually signed but ultimately unfinished. It was stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery, a question that divided the colonies and brought the convention to a stalemate until the founders chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at least 20 more years, and to leave any final resolution to future generations.
FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                                                              Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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NEW BREED LEADERS,

PLEASE NAME/TELL THE TRUTH.

TRUTH IS INTEGRITY.

NAMING BREAKS THROUGH

DENIAL / OBFUSCATION / SHELL GAMES / COLLUSION.

FREEDOM.

ADAPT.   IMPROVISE.   OVERCOME.

NOW.

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“Courage is not supplementary but central

to the enterprise of truthtelling.”

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In the United States, women, children, individuals of color, those who live in low income economic classes and those who are differently-abled KNOW that their truth-telling stories,  no matter their personal integrity and their capacity/pattern of eloquently telling the truth of their life experiences, are invalidated. Their credibility is not upheld, and is, in fact, they are shamed, silenced, judged, taunted and shredded. Actually, the truth-tellers, whose stories counter the dominant culture, are the definition and testament of COURAGE, moral courage, who SEE a universe of greater humanity.

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As Brene Brown said in her viral TED Talk: “Empathy’s the antidote to shame. If you put shame in a Petri dish, it needs three things to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence and judgment. If you put the same amount in a Petri dish and douse it with empathy, it can’t survive. The two most powerful words when we’re in struggle: me too.”

 

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NOTE: The Republicans on the Judicial Committee have now POSITIONED Brett Kavanaugh as a partisan prop for their specific political agenda. Brett Kavanaugh has ALLOWED himself to be made into a partisan prop by them – taking away any redemption of possible humility within his character. Brett Kavanaugh has agreed to eliminate his capacity to respond as a human. Imagine what would have occurred IF he spoke of his drunken teenage years at an elite all boys prep school. I do know heavy alcohol drinkers have selective memories and are champions of denial,  lash out and blame those who call them out on their behavior and their justifying explanations are obfuscation coupled with empty and repetition of excuses. No healing enters , but, rather a continuum of wounding ensues. Trapped. Tribalism based on distrust of the “other”. Thick institutionalism.
https://www.salon.com/2018/09/26/wtf-is-wrong-with-kavanaugh-even-conservative-bro-culture-might-not-save-him-now/

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Imagine what would occur IF an individual asking for sincere forgiveness from those they have injured, owning up/being accountable to causing injury by their words and/or actions and making actual amends WAS the definition of VALIANT courage and the PINNACLE of character. IMAGINE the sincere and the joyous energy of FREEDOM ringing through hearts and our humanity and our world IF this was the practice! Gas-lighting as a manipulation to undermine the victim of the abuse and the wide/deep collateral damage of cycles of abuse would cease! NEW worlds would EMERGE! Relationships, true authentic relationships, are slowly built, face to face, the sacred DANCE of evolving/dialectical TRUST – with empathy and reverence. Lives are relational! This ethos and intimate practice would be/is a revolution of overturning tribalism and would be/is a redemption/transcendent fusion story of SEEING the other. A re-negotiation of power that honors the fire and width of humanity and extinguishes the lashing, cruel and hostile burn of divisive tribalism. This would be/ IS sweeping radiant JOY!
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“Let us realize

the arc

of the moral universe

is long

but it bends

toward justice.”

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

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Truths told by marginalized demographics simply do not resonate with the values of the dominant culture and are dismissed. The truths told do not serve the values of the dominant culture. Praise those who summon the courage to step up and tell the truth of their personal experiences which, in turn, inspires others that their own life experiences are testaments of life – valuable and worthy.

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The Kavanaugh SCOTUS hearings is THE truth-telling of our current society.

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Democracy is improvisational blueprint — moving forward with NEW perspectives. A vital ongoing process of rising and constantly adapting, improvising, overcoming > an innovative experiment of inventing and creation! We know the process of suppression of truth telling of specific demographics is the graph, the litmus test, of where our society is.

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The US president and the current Republican representatives on the Judicial Committee is echoed in Carl Dreyer’s 1928 silent film.

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The clip below of Carl Dreyer’s film, “The Passion of Joan of Arc”  is, tragically, heart-stopping  and relevant to our contemporaneous lives. This film is genius – SILENT – no voices and no subtitles. The visuals of Dreyer’s cinematography, film editing, casting and direction are intentional and silently NAMES the dominant culture at that time and the power hierarchy. Of course, the irony is that HER truth-telling is silenced, prosecuted, judged and she is burned at the stake for her truth- telling.
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Passion_of_Joan_of_Arc

 

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IPROMISETOTELL                                                                               Catherine L. Johnson  2015

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Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (from top left):
Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Ben Sasse, Thom Tillis, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn; (from bottom left) Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, John Kennedy, Mike Crapo and Mike Lee. (Photos: U.S. Senate)

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We have a few questions for you.

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Don’t be afraid.

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We are open to learning the truth of your experiences.

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We are open-minded and are receptive

to your truth-telling.

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We will listen (wink-wink).

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“I’m, I mean WE ARE looking

for a fair process.”

(We advised Brett to say that over and over and over
when interviewed on Fox News. Nicehypnotic effect?!)

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We listened to Anita Hill twenty-seven years ago.

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You can trust/entitle us.

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Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Assault

 

As new allegations surface about Brett Kavanaugh,
readers discuss the underreporting of sex crimes,
prep school culture and more.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/24/opinion/letters/kavanaugh-sexual-assault.html

Why didn’t you report? Shame, shame, shame

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2018/09/26/shame-sexual-assault-trauma-victim-blaming-kavanaugh/1381881002/

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What a rehearsed “read the teleprompter” and using your wife as a prop!
He is a good acolyte of the president – his mentor of lying and repeating mantras.

PAINFUL to watch this display of a coached “player”.

 

Playing Agent Orange’s playbook of being a victim
– this strategy  is a dog whistle
to enrage men in our society.
  A woman challenging a man is deemed as humiliating
– the woman is from OUTSIDE the privileged and elite world of power.
Women in that world are mama bears protecting their men’s ego
rather than an expectation for the man
to step up and be accountable.

DIGNITY + RESPECT

Think of the converse – our society protecting women
who counter the dominant culture’s speak/practice.

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“The staggering hypocrisy of Brett Kavanaugh”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/09/24/the-staggering-hypocrisy-of-brett-kavanaugh/?utm_term=.ed99109d038a

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/ipromise-ipromisetotell-ipromisetotellthewhole-ipromisetotellthewholetruth-16-december-2015-catherine-l-johnson-artist-patti-smith-people-have-the-power/

IPROMISETOTELL willyoulistenbelieveme?

 

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WHO are the TRUTH-TELLERS whose told aloud stories

BEND the arc of the moral universe toward justice?

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Please acknowledge their courage, radical hope

and

sacrifices in their truth-telling.

 

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“It’s not about standing still

and

becoming safe.

If anybody wants to keep creating

they have to be about change.”

 Miles Davis

 

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http://www.deedeebridgewater.com/

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DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER’S

“Try A Little Tenderness”

is a 

RELEVANT

SEXY SENSUAL

HERHYMN

 – a

LUSH ATTENTIVE

SALUTATION

of/ for/ to

WOMEN!

 

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“…Take my advice
it’s so nice
when you hold her,
love her,
kiss her,
squeeze her,
don’t tease her
Baby c’mon,
C’mon
Try some tenderness,
tenderness, oh yes…”

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Above: the closing verses adaption by:  Dee Dee Bridgewater

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Oh, she may be weary
Young girls they do get weary
Wearing that same old shaggy dress, yeah yeah
But when she gets weary
Try, try a little tenderness, yeah 
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You know she’s waiting
Just anticipating
For things that she’ll never, never, never, never possess, no no
But while she’s there waiting, without them
Try a little tenderness (that’s all you gotta do)
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You know it’s not just sentimental, no, no, no
She has her grief and care, 
But the soft words, they are spoke so gentle, yeah
It makes it easier, easier, easier to bear, oh
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You won’t regret it
Young girls they don’t forget it
Love is their whole happiness, yes
But it’s all so easy
All you gotta do is try a little tenderness, oh yeah
All you gotta do man oh oh is hold her where you want her
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And squeeze her, don’t tease her, never leave her
Oh just try a little tenderness, oh oh
try it, try it, try it
You got to hold her, know how to love her,
and baby take this advice..”

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Above: original opening verses and their adaption by  Dee Dee Bridgewater

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EDIT:
Each and every
 child, man and woman
deserves and needs
tenderness.
Our America needs to offer tenderness to be GR8 again. 

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From alternative facts to tender age sheltershow euphemisms become political weapons of mass distraction

“Try a Little Tenderness”
Songwriters: Jimmy Campbell / Reg Connelly / Harry M. Woods
Try a Little Tenderness lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Other cover versions: https://secondhandsongs.com/performance/602520/versions

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Image result for dee dee bridgewater memphis albumDee Dee Bridgewater at 3 years old -when her family moved from Memphis to Flint, MI

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The story of

DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER’S

MEMPHIS… YES, I’M READY:

https://www.okeh-records.com/2017/07/28/release-dee-dee-bridgewaters-album-inspired-by-her-memphis-roots
https://jazztimes.com/departments/interview/dee-dee-bridgewater-memphis-roots-showing/
https://www.npr.org/2017/07/12/536501794/dee-dee-bridgewater-explores-her-memphis-roots-with-hound-dog

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Dee Dee Bridgewater and I!
When/Where: 23 June @ The Twin Cities Jazz Fest 2018!

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Dee and I met at the FIRST Dakota Jazz Club in Bandana Square 20 years ago!
 I was with my beloved friend, the late yet THE FOREVER PRESENT + ETERNAL Jane Matteson.
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Me, Catherine L. Johnson, at 3 years old.

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HERHYMN: BE BRAVE                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson  2013

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For further information on
Catherine L. Johnson’s HERHYMN: BE BRAVE,  please click on links below: 
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/herhymns-be-brave-2013
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/06/21/809-the-longest-day-summer-solstice-until-the-story-of-the-hunt-is-told-by-the-lion-the-tale-of-the-hunt-will-always-glorify-the-hunter-african-proverb/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/the-writings-herhymns-be-brave-lullaby-i-thou-poem-a-lullaby-for-a-lover-catherine-l-johnson-interdisciplinary-artist-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art/

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THIS

IS

AMERICA

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THIS IS  TRUTH TELLING RAWBRILLIANCE

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FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                                                         Catherine L. Johnson 2013

 

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IS  TRUTH

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/03/25/791-somber-solemn-shattering-march-for-our-lives-our-childrens-awakened-courageaction-exodus-from-americas-bystander-complicit-reality-show-m-o-when-silence-is-violence/

 

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ICANFEEL + MAS/SACRED LIVES + SUMMER 2015 + CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/icanfeel-summer-2015-catherine-l-johnson/

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New Yorker interview with Donald Glover

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Glover explained his periodic career changes by saying,
“Authenticity is the journey of figuring out who you are through what you make.”
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/03/05/donald-glover-cant-save-you

 

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