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Monday, November 13, 2017

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Reconciliation (Not Done Yet))



 
Dear Hannah,

The road to reconciliation starts with ...

realization (of both the might and the plight),
respect (both spiritual essence and natural function),
reassurance (of commitment to the corrective plan and path - don't ask for trust ... EARN IT),
and REAL relationship (dealing with each other as EQUALS).

We've got a long way to go ...

... because we keep trying to start at the finish line ...

... and often label voices of reason as voices of treason ...

... but 'tis the season ...

... to answer folly ...

... defeat conceit ...

... then rinse and repeat.

We are not done yet.


Love,



Daddy


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"LEarning (Reconciliation (Not Done Yet))"
By Derrick Brown
9-21-2017

The road to reconciliation

starts with

realization (of both the might and the plight),
respect (both spiritual essence and natural function),
reassurance (of commitment to the corrective plan and path - don't ask for trust ... EARN IT),
and REAL relationship (dealing with each other as EQUALS).

We've got a long way to go

because we keep trying to

start at the finish line

and often label

voices of reason

as voices of treason

but 'tis the season

to answer folly

defeat conceit

... then rinse and repeat.

we are not done yet.

 realization (of both might and plight)

reconciliated
is more than race-related
gifts must be located
voices elevated

okey-doke's
dated
and
correlated

with

doctrine
stated
policy
slated

created
and
debated

deals
consummated
laws that
dictated

advantages
prorated
equality
abated

apology
misstated
"we sorry
that you waited ...
... the check
- it was post-dated."

please don't
get fixated
these issues
are conflated

the breach
is still vacated
our reach has
been negated

okey-doke
updated
blame shift
rotated

no thrones
abdicated
matter-fact
they gated!

reality's
narrated
by thoughts
navigated

wisdom
allocated
to see what's
calculated

though it's
complicated
mostly
fabricated

keep 'em
educated
make 'em
liberated

yo - we are not done yet.

respect (both spiritual essence and natural function)

am i your equal?
do you respect me?

am i your sequel?
do you subject me?

the answers
you see

resolve a
mystery

based on
a history

of how
you treated me

see I'm not -
fooled easily

eyes wide shut
to the nth degree

don't walk on bended knee
remember wounded knee

let's say
my mind is free

then let me
sip my tea

now on equality
let's chop the cherry tree

if there will ever be
a "we" - that's you and me

then either build a bridge
or else fill in the sea

embrace the potpourri
of my humanity

my functionality
and personality

my character
spirituality

the spice of life
variety

respect my name
'cause I'm somebody

my man - we are not done yet.

(of commitment to the corrective plan and path - don't ask for trust ... EARN IT)

my m.o.
is trust

but
verify

help my unbelief
see if you qualify

give peace a chance
share a piece of pie

ideas aplenty
ready to apply

call out misdeeds
don't try to justify

pray-SAY-PLAY
that's how we rectify

plant a seed
then let it multiply

take a closer look
yep - magnify

own up to sleights
ratify

speak truth to power
testify

clean up this mess
don't oversimplify

no scapegoat
fall guy

no secret agent man
i spy

don't ride the black horse
bad guy

don't ride the white horse
good guy

make a conscious effort
try try

we are not done yet.

REAL relationship (dealing with each other as EQUALS)

relationships
begin with "hey"

then take their course
la vie c'est

balance is zero
you ain't gotta pay

credit is zero
don't ask for no delay

spit out them bones
let's deal with the fillet

world is watching
what we gon display?

let's get together
build a pathway

shift some paradigms
start anew today

commit some generations
it's overdue, you say?

let my daughter's daughter
write a true essay

'bout how her granddaddy
put the ball in play

and how her mama
added an array

of color and beauty
and a nice bouquet

'cause the world loved her
gave her some cachet

granddaddy left a trail
personal dossier

also left a knot
gave her some cache

and we are not done yet.

We dream of a world where all men are equals ...

... not one where some men are sequels

... all women are subjects

... and people of color are quietly marginalized

by the winks and nods of a colluding, crafty majority,

the benevolent, subtle patronage of the church ...

and the unconscionable emulation of oppression

by the oppressed

against the more oppressed.

... all are ready to defend and deflect any

blame for racism, bias and privilege.

... all are ready to eat, sing and pray

with their prey.

There is a more excellent way.

I hope I am on the path to finding it.

Y'all pray for me.

Selah.



About Derrick Brown (Principal Consultant)
 

I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

My *other* passion is empowering people via methods that balance skill & will, analysis & synthesis, ideas & execution, and activity & achievement.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

I am a publisher, filmmaker, executive coach & registered mediator with engineering degrees from Clemson and Georgia Tech.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes the following classes ...

  • ministry (serving people)
  • entrepreneurship (developing solutions that serve people)
  • stewardship (taking care of relationships, possessions, talents, body, mind, and time)
  • literacy (reading & writing skills)
  • numeracy (math skills)
  • language (communication skills)
  • self-expression (sharing "who you are")
  • self-identity (knowing "who you are")
  • analysis & synthesis (solving problems & sharing solutions)

KnowledgeBase is a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

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