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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Jumping to the wrong conclusion in the land of Blog

It always amazes me how folks jump to wrong conclusions or don't have the ability to understand the written word or hit the send key before they really, really think. I just got an anonymous email (how brave) calling me a racist for the post I made to my blog yesterday. They said I was a racist because I voted for Barack Obama based on the color of his skin. Um, I don't think that's what I said/wrote/implied. I believe the whole jest of my post was that it was so thrilling that race or skin color had nothing to do with the past election and that it was wonderful that people didn't see color, they saw the content of Barack Obama's character as the basis/foundation for how they cast their vote.

Well, I can't reply to the person who contacted me because they took the high road and contacted me as "anonymous", but I sure hope they come back to see this entry and realize that their take on things was in fine form this morning. I suggest they clean their glasses when they read from now on or finish that first cup of morning coffee to fully wake up before they take to reading blog entries.

It's people who draw a conclusion without taking into consideration the facts or what is written before them or don't ask questions who have made our world the war-like place it has become over the years. Words, once they are shot out and have hit their intended mark, can't be retrieved. What those words accomplished could leave damage long after the shooter has moved on to another target.

I forgive the person who attacked me. Why? Because today is a day of celebration for me. A day of brotherhood and a new dawn for America and because that is what is asked of me by God.

You don't have to agree with me but you should be nice to me and tolerant of my views because that is the same respect you would receive from me if you were sitting in my chair. And, if you really have something to say to me about something I write, let me at least be able to respond to you personally and privately. Maybe you read something into what I wrote that wasn't intended that requires clarification or maybe you didn't, but at least let me face my accuser in all fairness.

Now, let's all go arm-in-arm into Blog-land and sing Kumbaya.
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Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Good for you, Millie. Bad for Anonymous.

Kimberly said...

This is a great level-headed response to an ugly message. I have been quite blessed during my time in blogland not to have had any ugly comments or messages. I hope it doesn't happen, but if they should come I hope I respond with such grace as yours.

I'm so glad you mentioned you have a pyr! I do not have pictures up yet, but I have been mentally planning a post featuring all 3 of my dogs ever since I read your comment. Marley faithfully patrols our yard at all hours and barks at EVERYTHING. We put him in a kennel or bring him inside at night in hopes of his understanding he is off duty and need not warn us of all the birds flying around or wind blowing the trees :) Thankfully he has not found his way our of our fence and I'm glad because I have read that by instinct they patrol the land they think is theirs. I'll let you know when I get some pictures up! I'd love to see some pics of Willow!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Mimi, sometime yesterday, I realized that I had called you Millie. I don't know what made me remember since I had never commented on your blog before. But I wanted to apologize. I thought a lot about the comment you got on being a racist yesterday and wondered why some people can't just get on with life. It was a wonderful inauguration. Seeing all the joy and hope on the faces in the crowds was priceless. --Susan

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Some people are just looking for a fight. *shaking my head in disgust*

As to your previous post, I have to comment on that too. ;o) I'm a pretty cynical woman. I don't take people @ face value & I am hardly ever completely won over by somebody. But I have been by President Barack Obama! I am someone who believes that an honest politician is an oxymoron but Obama makes me feel hopeful that he is the exception to the rule.

Shelia said...

Hi Mimi! Oh, I truly loved your pet pinkness today. All of your animals are so precious and I love the fact you have such a big heart for little ones in need of a home. They all look so content and perfectly at peace.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)