Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around!

Shall we?

I haven’t been blogging.

I took an extended break, because I needed to work through a serious case of doubt.

Yep…doubt.

I doubted my ability to make an impact.

I doubted the inherent decency of my fellow humans.

And let me tell you, doubt like that will stall progress and I mean stall it good!

I didn’t want to pass this doubt along to others, so I stopped.

Stopped tuning in…ceased blogging…and stood still.

When in doubt, particularly when that doubt is about my social justice work, I turn toward history.

Yep…history.

History shows us that experiencing doubt is normal…

…and that succumbing to  doubt is exactly what The Man wants. 

I’ve been diving deep into movement history to treat my doubt.  The amazing thing about the activists who made the Civil Rights Movement happen is that they acted through the doubt…they marched in spite of the unknown…and they participated in demonstrations when threats were real, fear was valid, and those who were sworn to protect were preparing to do damage.

Suffice it to say, the Eyes on the Prize Treatment Plan has done wonders!

Today, on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, I’m recommitting to the cause.

And I ain’t gonna let no body turn me around.

Bitchitude is back.


22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Welcome back and thank you.

TwentiSomething Mom said...

Welcome back!

Bellatrix S said...

Excellent! I've missed you so,

Redeye said...

Welcome back!

James Ala said...

Welcome back and roll up your sleeves; there is work to be done here. We are about to get involved in Civil War in a foreign land and People are getting the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King all wrong for the Nth time. And that just for starters.

bangthedrum said...

I was just telling a friend about you today, so I'm glad you're back, ABB! She was telling me how people feel they have license to comment on her big Angela-esque hair.

I recall your compelling piece about the anti-choice movement talking about a black woman's uterus being the most dangerous place for a baby, or some such bullshit words to that effect, up on billboards at key intersections. If anyone remembers, let me know, but I'm sure I can find it here so I can send it to her.

It was a ABB classic.

SO glad you're back.

dinthebeast said...

Thank you for coming back. I miss your unique voice when you don't post, and I think wow, I hope she's OK...

-Doug in Oakland

Anonymous said...

Welcome back to the office.

Anonymous said...

I have missed you so much. I kept checking and wondering when you would be back. As this country rolls back the little progress that has been made we need your sane tell it like it is voice in the mix.

Ahhhh, time to exhale.

Ryan Hauck said...

I'm happy you've returned!

Erik said...

Amen girl, i enjoy this, welcome back!

i get the feeling

from one blogger to another

i salute you

MOnst3r

Jimmy Radosta said...

Welcome back! I came looking to see if you had any thoughts on the Miley Cyrus situation. Congrats on the Maggie Award! (I was at OPS 2013.)

Karinna A. said...

Welcome back! I missed reading your posts. Glad that your break restored your wickedly wonderful Bitchitude!

Leslie M-B said...

So glad you're back.

catnmus said...

I'm so glad you're back!

Unknown said...

Sometimes we all need a bit of time alone in the wilderness to wrestle with our own daemons.

Glad you are back. We all gotta chip away at the mountain if we want to wear it down.

Real sticky enduring social change isn't fast or glamorous.

deb wilson said...

Glad you're back. Doubt can kick your ass, but a strong person won't let it win.

Anonymous said...

I missed your writing. I admire how you strive to make the world a better place and how hard you work at everything you do. And I love your attitude! Sometimes, reading your blog is the best part of a hard day.

ali redford said...

I'm glad you're back. I kept checking! :-)

Unknown said...

Thank you for coming back. I know ow doubt & uncertainty can drag you down and wear you out. Please continue to add sanity to the situations we hear about, read about and experence.

LA Crystal said...

Glad you're back! Glad too you took some time for you. You're gonna need it if you're hearing the same 'news' reports I am. It ain't pretty!

Jeffrey Ricker said...

A Bitch was missed! If ever there was a time for the Rod of Correction®, now would definitely be it.