We Need to Sweep Out Prejudice!

Our country needs us to take care of one another. We need each other, now! In my heart, I knew that we would quickly see a peaceful and powerful response to the initial vandalism and rioting. In the face of racism and protests for the murder of an innocent gentleman, I now see bravery. People are marching peacefully in defiance of the criminal element that showed up from “somewhere else!” I see people kneeling together, physically supporting one another. I hear powerful speeches and pleas for change–enough is enough!

Is it possible that the murder of George Floyd will, at long last, lead us to a commitment for change. Prejudice is learned–babies are not born with prejudice. And, we can learn that it is wrong to judge others by skin color, ethnic origin, cultural traditions, gender, age, and so on. One year, my 4th graders put on a play they wrote called Sweeping Out Prejudice. After each scene that illustrated a form of prejudice, a couple of students appeared on stage with large brooms we borrowed from the custodians and swept away the prejudice. It was a meaningful metaphor for everyone.

As an educator, I believe in the teaching/learning process. We need a major plan of action in law enforcement to infuse our police departments with training and knowledge, tactics and strategies that are based on equality. If a young person aspires to become a police officer, it is his/her responsibility to understand racism and protect all citizens equally. Education in law enforcement is only one of many areas that need change before everyone has equal rights in our country, but we need to get started, now!

I pray that this is a pivotal moment in our history. We are a democracy, we believe in law and order. I pray for peace in our cities–for non-violent marches. Let’s vow to enact real change as we listen to the eulogies for George Floyd in the days ahead. I believe in the inherent ability in each of us to respect the rights of others. We must move forward with determination to rid ourselves of racism in America!

The pandemic has slowed down. My Etsy shop “Staying In” sale ends next Wednesday.


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Joan Spencer

2 years ago

Hi Bonnie,
Good to hear from you. Hope you and Paul are well and staying safe. How are book sales going?
Keep in touch!


2 years ago

Hi Joan, I’ve been thinking about you–are you back? We are well, thanks for asking! My book will be advertised in The NY Review of Books, July 23 and August 20. I’m very excited.

“there is no one like YOU”

You’re Here–Welcome!

My name is Bonnie. My parents adopted me when I was 8 months old. I’ve written a memoir about my life and the difficult search for my original identity. After 35 years, I have my answers!
I hope my story is an inspiration for you or someone you know who is searching for their birth parents and family ancestry.

Which came first–the chicken or the egg? Or in my case–the book or the blog?

Good question!  The book came first. My blog has the same name as the book. Each blog post tells you something about me. By nature, a memoir is personal. My persistence to find answers to my identity and write a memoir was a soul-searching, personal journey. It’s sad at times, but often fun and joyful.

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