#IWSG February 2016: A Month of Causes

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Well, it’s February and I’m trying to be optimistic. I did hear that the groundhog had good news yesterday, but the promise of spring may not be enough to boost my spirits. February is a tough month for me and I’ll try to explain why without bringing you down.

I know that there are a lot of people who are tired of talking about race, but I have a feeling that many of these people haven’t lived a life where the color of their skin, the shape of their eyes or nose, or even the language they speak has made them a target. This month is Black or African American History Month and I’m proud to spend the next 25 days thinking about the accomplishments of African Americans and thinking about how far our nation has come since the time of slavery.

I almost feel ashamed that there are well-off famous black people in this country who don’t think we need this observance anymore simply because no one is targeting them. I’m proud of anyone, black, white, and otherwise who is able to live the American dream, but that’s not a good reason to pretend like the rest of the country is living it with them.

I also feel ashamed when other black people use this observance in a negative way and spread strife and animosity. When I hear a black person say, “black people can’t be racist”, my blood boils and my eyes turn red. Racism isn’t unique to a particular group of people. Just because someone happens to fit the demographic of a minority, it doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of judging someone purely by how they look and how they happen to be different from them… It’s still important to talk about race in the United States because there are still too many people who aren’t quite colorblind enough for the issue to go away.

On a slightly lighter note, Valentine’s Day is coming up and for those who observe it, I hope they use it as a time to spread love and not drama. It’s also American Heart Month and giving to the American Heart Association is always a good call, I think (haven’t done my research, but it sounds good). Also, Presidents Day is coming up. People will either sit back and educate themselves about the presidents good and bad along with the history of this nation or they will complain. I for one would never want to be President. It doesn’t matter how much good one may accomplish, someone will always have something bad to say about the President, because in this country, we’re allowed to.

Lastly (if you’re still hanging around), I’m trying to spread a bit of love myself with the release of my first ever, contemporary romance. The title is It’s Like the Full Moon and is released under the name Glorie Townson. Be sure to stop by the Alex J. Cavanaugh blog today for the usual IWSG stuff and a few words from me about this release.

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Sorry if I was a downer today.
What does February mean to you?

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After hanging out with Alex, be sure to stop by and visit this month’s co-hosts:
Allison Gammons,
Tamara Narayan,
Eva E. Solar,
Rachel Pattison, and
Ann V. Friend!

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Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

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Toi Thomas

I like reading, writing, cooking, dancing, movies, and music. I’m a big kid and choose to see the world in my own special way. Yes, I’m educated, but I haven’t let that stop me from being who I want to be. I’m a wife, teacher, author, blogger, and more.

14 thoughts on “#IWSG February 2016: A Month of Causes”

  1. Hey, Toi! I saw your post at Alex’s blog and wanted to come say hello. I didn’t find your post to be a downer at all. I found it thought-provoking and think you made great points.
    Good luck with your book! It’s nice to meet you!

  2. The race issues here drive me bonkers, especially when people claim they don’t exist. I have friends like that and I just have to refrain from saying anything because then I’ll have to get into an argument. It’s ridiculous.

    The American Heart Association is accredited according to give.org (which is basically the BBB for charities). Though, their financial mumbo jumbo is confusing for me to read so who’s to know how much of the money actually goes to the people who need it.

    My favorite thing about February are the things my kid’s school does with them to teach about other people and history(and one day for presidents).

    1. Thanks for weighing in. Not many want to comment on race or whether a charitable organization is that charitable. I enjoyed reading your comment.

  3. Not a downer at all, Toi! Important issues are worth talking about. I, for one, am very glad Black History Month exists.

    Even if the time should come when everyone is truly treated equally (wouldn’t that be nice), it will still be important to remember our past and honour those who have struggled to get us where we are.

    The birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. has always meant a lot to me, even though I’m white. I can’t hear a single speech of his without crying.

    Lots of love to you.

    1. Thanks for your words. I take cultual and racial observances to heart and strive to open my mind, that’s why I also look forward to other celebrations such as Women’s Histrory Month, Native, Asian, Hispanic and other Heritage observances.

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