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Virtual Oases, Holy Week

  • Justine’s thoughts on women’s history month mirror my own ambiguous feelings about “____ history month” or “______ awareness day.” I can’t help feeling that such carved spaces both highlight and marginalize the contributions of segments of our society. I find myself viscerally drawn to reflections like this one from Barack Obama (via Andrew Sullivan):

My favorite moment was a very simple one. [Obama] referred to the anniversary of the March on Selma, how he went and how he came back and someone (I don’t remember who now) said to him:

“That was a great celebration of African-American history.”

To which Obama said he replied:

“No, no, no, no, no. That was not a great celebration of African-American history. That was a celebration of American history.”

Speaking of Barack Obama, I encourage you to listen to or read his speech on race in America. As a member of a church which, like our country, has a difficult history with race — I responded to this moving address on spiritual, political, and personal terms.


Deborah is K-12 educator who nurtures a healthy interest in reading, writing, running, ethics, mystics, and interfaith dialogue.

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