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Figuring Out Inflexible Historicism: Spoonerism and Periphrasis in Racism, America, Life

‘No Dogs-Negroes-Mexicans’ : Racist Sign from Dallas, Texas. On View at the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis – Tennessee, 14 May 2012, | Courtesy of Adam Jones, Ph.D.

The environment we live in is on edge – what is going to happen next? Honestly, it does not matter if I am a Democrat, Republican, or Independent at this point; I’m witnessing some of the most dire situations that I could have only imagined in the 21st century.

Since, the new presidential administration has taken reign over the White House, the energy that surrounds us is dismal to say the least. Everything is about a soundbite, fake news, and more fake news. What is news – it’s getting that bad…

My bite back, I just want to let it all out in prose. Tell a story about America, its truth and how it came to be. Possibly, then there will be peace in the midst of darkness.

Quickly – on the spot:

spoon·er·ism

ˈspo͞onəˌrizəm/
noun
  1. a verbal error in which a speaker accidentally transposes the initial sounds or letters of two or more words, often to humorous effect, as in the sentence you have hissed the mystery lectures, accidentally spoken instead of the intended sentence you have missed the history lectures.

I live in a world that harbors racial injustice, a yet-to-be-determined war with North Korea, with a congress divided, alongside being under the leadership of a President that is a former reality TV star.

Say it ain’t so.

pe·riph·ra·sis
pəˈrifrəsis/
noun
  1. the use of indirect and circumlocutory speech or writing.
    • an indirect and circumlocutory phrase.
      plural noun: periphrases
    • GRAMMAR
      the use of separate words to express a grammatical relationship that is otherwise expressed by inflection, e.g., did go as opposed to went and more intelligent as opposed to smarter.

And, the funny part, all of this the real issues that should be discussed like Colin Kapernick’s kneeling for the National Anthem, and the natural disasters that are impending on our homeland, the injustices against the middle class, i.e. – taxes and the spewing hatred against minorities, healthcare, as well as the fight against women’s rights, the gay/transgender movement… the list can go on and on… and all of it is being reduced to social media jargon and meme’s.

So where do we go from here? I have no clue, but to speak out and discuss the issues at hand and vote!

I remember back when – way back when – it seems like it was way back when – there was peace when I woke up and I could think clearly.

These days, I wake up knowing that whatever is going wrong in the White House will affect me in some way – even if I only get to read about it.

These days, I believe spreading the truth about how Black lives do matter is more than a notion it’s like (now or never type ish); our legacy will continue regardless of what he, she, they, think or say.

These days, I understand that it makes sense to honor being fit and healthy for this battle that we are facing. There is no turning back. Either you are in or you are ain’t.

Back to the story:

U can always add to it.
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2 thoughts on “Figuring Out Inflexible Historicism: Spoonerism and Periphrasis in Racism, America, Life

  1. So as I am reading your blogs as a so called middle class white woman living in rual southwest missouri, I find myself saying yes to all that you write about for the current day. My saying yes means this. I was born in New Hampshire, lived most of my life outside of New Orleans,then moved to Los Angeles and lived there for eight years. It was in that time that I grew in my understanding, (of course always with the backdrop of white supremacy) that what you are talking about I can see only from being educated, and having meaningful relationships with those who are not like me. It is the working poor, and people not white like me, the people whom I have come to deeply love and want to know and hear more of their own stories so I can better understand. I can’t pretend to know anything other than wanting to know more about how I can help reach across to those who turn a blind eye to what is happening in our country. I am deeply disturbed by what I see in our politics, in our communities in a way that have given a larger voice to racists in our country. I hate it. I am a mother of my beloved child who is Hispanic and although we have celebrated him and loved him and can’t imagine life without him, I have so much to learn and I will never really understand all the pain that he experiences from racism right here in our community. I have and continue to stand in a way that I have never before, for his rights. And yet I find myself making mistakes and possibly hurting him at times that are well intention. So thank you for writing, don’t stop writing. I continue to learn and hopefully will be a better person for it one day, at least I hope so. I am grateful for your honesty and your passion.

    Posted by Diane Louise Denton | November 5, 2017, 4:58 pm
    • Diane:

      Thank you for this awesome post! It is is very-thought provoking. I am appreciate of you taking the time to read my work and responding to it. I believe that we all at some point have to look at history for what it is and not steer off towards a narrative based off of ideologies that has been embedded in the soul of these United States that are untrue about African American people. I feel that everyone should be heard; we all have a story. In order for us to be able to get to the point of listening is having an understanding for those that are and have always been treated as second-class citizens in this country – Black people and anyone of a darker hue. It goes without saying that I am still having to fight with words for social change just as James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and many great writers that came before me, by standing on truth and nothing but the truth. I hope you continue to find your way back to this blog. I find it to be a place of expression for those that want to have a real conversation about life and where we are today as participants.

      Respectfully,

      kreative Young millionaire

      Posted by kreativeYoungmillionaire | December 13, 2017, 9:51 pm

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