I’ve been wanting to resurrect my blog for awhile now…so much has been happening in my life, in the world – so I figured I better do it now than later.
It’s been over a year now, since I first left Copenhagen, Denmark to promote my book in the U.S. And what an adventure it’s been! Seriously, folks, I can’t stress how life has unfolded, in ways I couldn’t even imagine! Since I’ve left Copenhagen, I’ve been to various cities in both the States, and even Norway and Paris – and I’ve met so many beautiful people, ready for the work that I feel like I literally poured my blood, sweat and tears into. Even in the most uncertain of times, like when I realized I was stuck in New York in the middle of a pandemic (if I had to choose where I would want to be in such an event, New York would not have come into consideration AT ALL) life keeps on coming through for me, and for that, I am so grateful. In this past year, I’ve worked with Attorney Benjamin Crump and his book “Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People” (I don’t like that he insisted on using the term “colored people, but that’s another post!) and in the process learned so much about genocide (did you know that the term did not exist until the Jewish Holocaust? This means that even while the descendants of the tribes of Europe obliterated Black and Indigenous peoples around the world, there was no word for that! Oh, wait, yes there was – colonization! I also learned that according to the legal definition of genocide, that African Americans definitely had a case agains the U.S. government, but just like Native Americans, the United Nations ain’t trying to hear that! Shame!
You may know Benjamin Crump as the attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family, and he’s taken up countless other cases that involve the brutal murder, at the hands of law enforcement of Black men, women and children. Delving into research for this project, I learned how steady this violence against Black and Indigenous people have been since the arrival of Europeans. I also learned that Native people fare the worst under this system – they are the ones murdered the most, imprisoned the most, and then there’s the tragic continued issue of missing and murdered Native women…it was hard work on the mind and spirit, but it was worth it.
I’ve also been able to spend time in New York for a substantial amount of time since moving to Copenhagen, and that’s also a whole other post.
With the pandemic came the reality that I could not return to Copenhagen when planned, and I’ve had to adjust to that. There have been so many lessons, realizations, travels…and I want to share them all with you, my reader. I’ve now spent a lot of time in introspection and am ready to write. I plan on posting at least once a week, and with your subscription you’ll have front-row access to all my adventures.
Currently, I’m in Oakland, CA – I just came here a couple of days ago. I’m in a cottage, surrounded by beautiful trees and there’s quiet. It’s the perfect place to rest, write and prepare for my future. Thanks for joining me in this adventure. More to come!