Warning: a ramble with troubling themes of politics and religion
On this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, I find themes of gender, violence, misogyny, religion and politics all churning in my mind and not much coherent thought coming out, I’m afraid, Let me list some of the elements and see if any of you brilliant folk see patterns that are eluding me.
The shooting in Tuscon is disturbing in so many ways. At I was furious about the crosshairs map, how it had targeted Congresswoman Giffords . I made a brief post on Facebook about the power of graphic symbols, and my cousin the gun-toting conservative got angry with me. I realized he was right about the shooter not being directly motivated by politics.
I am grappling with my stance on free speech (extremely permissive) and how deeply troubled I feel about authority figures repeatedly calling for violence in coded language. A week later and I’m still grappling. Having taken my president’s direction to let go of political sparring, I now am thinking a great deal about the lack of accessible mental health care , and the powerful social barriers that prevent it’s effective deployment.