Coka, Thanks so much for your response! Sorry I'm just now responding in kind:). YES, I absolutely wanted (and want) to be sensitive to the terminology. The words we use are so important and meaningful. I appreciate your comment, as it makes a great point.

As the initial BLM movement bubbled up, and I started reading to understand, I became startled and somewhat horrified at what I DIDN'T KNOW. That has continued.

You are absolutely right--there are milions of people of color indigeous to America who have endured their own injustice and continue to; as I was talking to my daughter about Thanksgiving for instance (she's 10), I was confronted with the reality of what I was taught in school and what actually happened, and how to talk frankly with my daughter about that in a way that was accurate and nuanced, but also understandable to a kid. I was humbled by how difficult that was.

In part, I think, because I don't undertstand on a fundamental level the travesty of what Native Americans have been forced to endure. It certainly makes "celebrating" take on a dark questioning that I didn't have before, but will not turn away from anymore.

Anyway, thank you for pointing this out, and I get it! I wanted to write about the African American experience and the depth of the white privilege I have come to understand I am a part of, but in no way meant to downplay the mistreatment of countless people of color indigenous to America. Unfortunately, as you said, that is its own separate travesty worthy of another blog entirely.

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