Why was I so callous?

I was walking through campus and you weren’t on my mind

Until someone said that their father was going to buy her a car next year

It wasn’t until that time, five years later, did I realize I missed having a relationship with you.

When I visited you the week before you died, I had no feelings.

Why was I so callous?

We left Ohio and drove back to Philadelphia, I felt no sadness.

Why was I so callous?

As soon as we arrived, we received message that you died…

We had to go back, I was mad, not sad.

Why was I so callous?

I was mad because your death messed up my perfect attendance

I was mad that I had to miss a week of school

I did not cry at your funeral when everyone else did

Why was I so callous?

My mother never said a negative word about you and she ensured that we knew who you were

But, we had no relationship

Your first words to me as I walked into the house from the cold Columbus weather were, “Take off your coat. I’ve never seen you without your coat.”

My response, “This is your first time seeing me and we just walked in the house.”

Why was I so callous?

It wasn’t until that day walking through campus did I realize that I missed you because I would never have that father-daughter relationship.

Is that why I was so callous?

Why I refuse to use the flag GIVEN to us for Juneteenth!

When I received the image below via email, I was enraged. Why enraged, one may ask? Seeing a Red, White, and Blue represent the freedom of United States Citizens from being enslaved while there is a flag representative to the Black people of the United States, which is represented by the colors Red, Black, and Green.

Juneteenth Flag created by Ken Haith and Lisa Jeanne Graf

I researched the design of the flag. I came across an article from CNN. Upon reading the article, my anger was solidified. Please click the link, https://tinyurl.com/juneteenthflag, which provides the history of the flag.

This reminds me of how history of the USA is being whitewashed, this is another avenue in which it is being done. This may appear to be trivial; however, as I learned more about the creation of this flag, I became further enraged. The creator of this flag is Ben Haith. Picture retrieved from https://twitter.com/B3N_H41TH/photo

Ken Haith

Continuing with the reading, I also learned that the illustrator was Lisa Jeanne Graf. Picture retrieved from https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-jeanne-graf-a9863a6/.

Lisa Jeanne Graf

As you can see, there is no Black American involved in the creation or illustration of this flag. I see a lot of people sharing this flag and it is clear that more education is needed.

Below is the flag that better represents the Black people of the United States. The flag’s colors are Red, Black, and Green. View the flag and read what each of the colors represent. The image of the flag was retrieved from https://pathlesspagan.tumblr.com/post/182524331380.

UNIA Flag, 1921

This is not to cause division, hate, or disgust, this blog is to bring clarity, education, and understanding. I know that the history of the United States is a long and arduous history; but, it is not beneficial to anyone to leave out the importance that Black people have to the USA.

I invite everyone to learn more about the history of the United States for ALL of the citizens. The USA was never, nor will it ever be, all White. You can call it a melting pot, mosaic, blended, or whatever. However, it is important not to eliminate ANY member of the citizenry.

The Halal Bridge

The Halal Bridge by Author Karimah G

Halal

What is halal?

The bridge that lets you know what is good and what is bad.

The halal bridge lets you have sensual love.

It also lets you receive blessings for that love.

Have you crossed the Halal Bridge?

Halal

What is halal?

How you earn your money, do you cheat others?

You will not cross the halal bridge if you do.

Halal

What is halal?

Enjoining what is good and abstaining from what is not.

At what point did you decide to cross the halal bridge?

Will this bridge allow me to cross the sirat al mustaqeen?

Go Back to Your Country

Hearing and reading this phrase brought me back to my youth. First things first, the USA is my country. I am seven or more generations in this country. In addition to mine, my ancestors’ blood, sweat, tears, and sacrifices are in the thread of this quilt called the United States of America. Why is it important that I share this information with you may be the first question that comes to mind as you read this.

Well, let me begin when I was in high school in Philadelphia, PA. I attended and graduated from Overbrook High School. During my years there, a teacher told all of the black students, which was 99% of the school, that they need to get on a ship and go back to Africa. This was the first time, but definitely not the last time I’ve heard this in my life.

However, before I discuss the times this phrase has been hurled at me, let’s revisit that teacher. He was an Irish man. If he didn’t just come over here, I am certain his parents arrived just prior to him being born. But, he had the audacity to tell us to go back to Africa.

Dictionary.com defines go back as “to return”. Therefore, in order to go back somewhere, you must have been there in the inception. So the phrase, “go back to your country” is idiotic before even looking at the idiot spewing the hate. As was previously stated, I was told to go back to my country various times throughout my life. One time, my best friend and I were in the parking lot of a store and a man drove by and told us to go back to our country. The kicker…he had an accent himself. How dare he tell us to go back and clearly he just arrived not too long on the shores of the USA.

I did not want to join this conversation because I know when topics like this manifest themselves, there is something much more serious taking place behind the screen. As my sister says frequently, “Wag the Dog”. But, this topic hit me on so many levels because I’ve read, saw, and heard so many people say this phrase is not racist.

I am going to make it abundantly clear: IT IS A RACIST STATEMENT!! Anyone who says it is not is lying to themselves. Telling someone to go back is telling them that they do not belong in this country. The four women vilified, and I am certain they are receiving all kinds of threats, never said they hated the USA. They hate some of the situations that are occurring. They even may not like the President; but that is not disliking the country.

It is imperative that everyone learn the REAL history of the United States. Because many people, especially some uneducated white people, are unaware or do not want to face the fact that this country was NEVER all white and will NEVER BE all white. Stop the hate and let’s truly make this country as great as we portray it to be.

If you look closely at this image, you will realize that it is sideways. This is the direction the country is going and we need to right the wrongs. We should not be going back, forward is the way to go. We all must let go of our egos and realize that divide and conquer never kept a nation together. Share your thoughts with me. #AuthorKarimahG #TheShouldersOnWhichIStand #BeAnEagleNotAFeather

101st Anniversary of That Woman on the Wall

A garden is a delight to the eye and the solace for the soul. –Saadi

On December 22, 2018, the Gladys Inabinette Shoatz Community Sitting Garden Committee celebrates the 101st anniversary of the love, compassion, community, and strength of Gladys Inabinette Shoatz.

#GISCG #GISCSP

Cursive Writing vs. Typing

I’ve been thinking about this topic for some time. As an educator, I come across many students who cannot sign their names in cursive. I also come across those who cannot read cursive writing. Although it is frustrating, as time trudges on, I am of the belief that while cursive writing is important, I do not agree that it is as important as many state.

Gajowski (Dec. 2016) argues that “our brains get activated in ways that aren’t activated when we type something. And this brain activation helps with recall when we are learning.” My argument against this is if children are trained to type at an early age, it improves their spelling. When one can touch-type instead of hunting-and-pecking, the brain is activated. I did not conduct any research regarding this last statement; however, when my children were younger, I ensured that each of them learned to touch-type.

It was a program back in the 1990s called “Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing”. This program taught children how to type through games and assessments. I bring this up because many people who may not embrace typing over cursive writing may not be as proficient in typing so they relive their experiences with typing and cursive writing.

As for me, I retain much more information through typing than writing. When writing, especially if it is an abundance of material, my hands cramp up. I also tend to make mistakes and I focus more on the mistake and miss out on what was stated. View the two videos below. One illustrates writing in cursive and the other illustrates writing the same information through typing.

If you compare the time frame to write this sentence to the time it took to type the same sentence, you will notice that it took twice as long to write the sentence than it did to type the same sentence.

Don’t get me wrong, I do agree that dexterity and being able to use fine motor skills are important, I just do not believe that cursive writing, or the lack thereof is as big a problem as it is portrayed. There are two arguments I hear consistently for cursive writing. The first argument is that people need to know how to sign their names. The second argument is that if students do not know how to read cursive, they will not be able to read primary sources, specifically, many of the important documents used throughout history.

My counterclaim for these arguments are as follows. First of all, from third grade on, teach students how to sign their names. Teachers should not accept any written work from students if their names are not written in cursive. This will improve over the years if all teachers required only the signature in cursive. Secondly, many of the primary sources have been typed and are in secure locations. What may manifest itself is that if students are signing their names in cursive in every course, the cursive might just rub off. Let’s discuss.

 

Bibliography

Gajowski, MA, Carrie (Dec. 13, 2016). Cursive Becoming Obsolete? in Fast Forward by         Scientific Learning. Retrieved from https://www.scilearn.com/blog/is-cursive-handwriting-still-important 12/12/2018