In Their Voice

 

In Their Voice (Rachelgv; March 8, 2017)

 

Soul sisters in sorrow

your beautiful poetry will not see tomorrow

your expressive voice hidden behind the veil

that only you will know how to wear so well

the silken hair captive to fabrics woven

and the yearning for freedoms still going unspoken

I will be your voice and speak for those

who would choose whether they even wish to speak at all

the hidden women, whose talents languish in shuttered homes

the desert women, whose sullen shadows sit atop shapeless bones

the kitchen women, unworthy to eat before the males are done

Yet I speak for you, all alone

 

 

 

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19 responses to “In Their Voice

  1. Have I thanked you for your support and constant cheer/(s)? Thank you, Dolly. It means alot.

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  2. Yes. With you here, my heart is touched…

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  3. As is mine. Means alot to me. Very hard issue. One can never quite walk in another’s shoes, but maybe can walk a portion of the way with another. 😊

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  4. My initial reaction is strong disagreement, but perhaps because my understanding of your response is unclear. If you mean in terms of organized groups who request the help, yet wind up dominating and taking more than would appear seemly, well… that usually tends to happen in any group dynamic: there will be those whose voices edge out the others, sometimes making it seem that the group has been hijacked. That is an unfortunate aspect of a group being a group. I rail against the whole “kindness” industry; 1) because it’s an “industry”, and 2) because it has been made political and sometimes excludes Jews; and I’ve written my views (okay, rants) about such things in other places. There is also always the “grass is greener” misperception in which people wrongly ascribe vantages and privileges to others, which may not be the true circumstances of the real status of such an individual, or even group. Did I fill-in the opportunity you left me, or are there further aspects you wish to broach on this subject, that I might have missed stating here?

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  5. I didn’t see any contradictions in what you stated. Yes, your opinion matters. Everyone’s opinion matters. But, since there will always be differences of opinions, there will always be things to disagree about, including even the rules which govern us. The point is to try to do so with regard to fairness to a broad society, and I think that, despite our imperfect record and our constant correction for mistakes, that the US affords one of the most fair structural forms of governance that there is. And eventually, there must be rules for the cohesion of society — otherwise, lawlessness, chaos and anarchy will ensue. There is always a societal hierarchy, whether in written, or unwritten, rules. Even the jungle, literally, abides by its rules. The US tries to rule broadly to cover all; and it does. Meanwhile, certain rules might not be the most fair under individual circumstances. But, we can’t have Randy’s rules, and DeanJean’s rules, and expect that to work. Life and it’s outcomes are never the same for everybody, and cannot be made so. Hard work doesn’t always pay off. People have been subjugated and pushed down here, but we’ve tried to even it (sortof) with desegregation, affirmative action, etc. Not for the smaller Inuit or Indians, nor for slaves — I’m one who believes in reparations, not other indirect actions, although those can help. I know of what you speak through my own, direct experiences. I come from a minority people that other people refuse to recognize as such. My ancestral lineage descends genetically over the thousands of years hence since our progenitors were featured in the Bible. Living continuously with some Jewish presence in Israel since that time, despite many takeovers and being forced into exile or slavery or other such tribulations, we are denied by anti-Semites the rights and recognition to our land ownership there, and even to our sites. The Arab majority and the other anti-Semites at the U.N. has effectively voted our holiest sites (the Temple Mount in Jerusalem; the burial Cave of Machpelah in Hevron of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Leah; Joseph’s tomb; and others) as Muslim. You cannot hear a positive viewpoint about the Jews or Israel from most of the mainstream media, nor can you find sympathetic books, as they’ve all been removed by the library system. Specific mass persecution/killings against the Jews was committed in actual NAMED phenomena: Inquisition; Holocaust; as well as pogroms; slavery; being the other victims of KKK racism; experiencing employment, housing, and social discrimination in America (my mother remembers the signs: No Blacks, No Jews, No Dogs). Our properties and money and valuables were all confiscated throughout our many exiles, officially having been expelled from Spain in 1492 and England in 1290/1. France was first to give us equality of sorts in 1791. If we survived all this and more through our history, it was despite our persecution and was never made easy nor was handed to us. I also happen to have never been an individually wealthy person and have experienced hardship and anti-Semitic incidences in my life. BOTH of my parents worked their ENTIRE lives (my Mom just quit — in her eighties!!!) — we are still left with nothing. The radio spectrum is filled with minority voices and now the internet allows some voices to be heard. But, those are still silenced by authoritarian regimes. That is why I wrote about Anisa’s cousin, Vargha, a minority Iranian of the Baha’i faith, being jailed in Iran and I wrote letters to plead for help to secure his release; that is why I’ve signed petitions, and went to rally’s to protest certain things: Iran, Disengagement from Gaza, etc. That is why, besides my poetry, you’ll find both personal and collective attacks against my Jewishness, the way I was born, being refuted and aired and explained from my own perspective. The world hates me, so I know directly about the point you’re making. A Muslim is not obligated by America to wear a chador or a burqa or a niqab (other than the same rules as they must appear dressed in public, like the rest of us), but they can, if they want to. That’s not the same as in their originating areas, per se. Some of them, like Raheel Raza, at the Clarion Project, speak out — I added my voice. Jews have fought at the forefront of the civil rights movement, helping to found the NAACP, losing Jewish lives in that cause, fighting for gay rights (though there is divided consensus, sometimes), and more. The roads we paved to fight court battles of inclusion, now leave others with freer circumstances than before. If we ever rest on our laurels, those who are greedy for power and control will win. Freedom would be lost. It must be fought for with tangible action and education. I know what you mean, DeanJean.

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    • Wow; I totally sympathize. Your grandmother’s account is the real, raw deal, and I am sorry for your family’s loss of her brother. That is devastating beyond belief. My hardships were not related to anti-Semitism. I grew up very privileged because my parents worked hard to try to make it that way for me and my brother. We’re both adopted. My hardships were more of a behind the scenes look at disability and its effects upon a family. The general Jewish story belongs to our people. I know I’m Jewish, but I don’t know my specific details about the circumstances of that family’s life, per se. But, yeah… racism and anti-Semitism continue. I do speak out about its injustices upon the Jews, both from my perspectives, and from feeling quite okay with calling out those who are its perpetrators. If it hurts feelings, that’s a shame. It will, since I’m blunt and not very diplomatic, or always able to quite figure out social parameters. Good thing, ‘cuz there I go, and may find feet in mouth. False facts shouldn’t have been used to justify the U.N.’s landgrab of our holy sites, just because Muslims hold a huge bloc and make up a majority to our singular vote. You may not be aware, but we have recently had SIX waves of bomb threats targetting Jewish day care centers for children, Jewish Community Centers, and two threats to the offices of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a Jewish organization formed to fight discrimination against Jewish people. More than 100 individual Jewish places have been targetted. Hate crimes against Jews make up over 50% of all such religious-based crimes, according to the FBI, or something. The entire upper level educational system in America has been infiltrated by Socialist leaning Leftists who are not kind to Jews. The student body has absorbed these lessons and keeps voting, in their trade and student unions, to ban: investment with Israel, professional research endeavors and academicians from Israel, etc in discriminatory actions called BDS (Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions). They say it is against Israel, but that is untrue, since there’s no bans on Arab groups/people from Israel. They promote the false lie that the democratic state of Israel operates like an apartheid state (which is untrue; I’ve put up a video of a South African government man speaking about the differences, since he actually DID live under apartheid rule, previously). The most surprising and tear-inducing hurt of all this is that most of the communities this emanates from are minorities — even from among those we’ve helped in achieving civil rights, for all. The Palestinian cause has usurped the issue and classified us as usurpers, and made themselves into victims. Those supporting this movement include students for justice in palestine and leftist groups, like George Soros’s groups. Someday people need to open their eyes and realize that Kashmir, Pakistan, Israel/Jordan, East Timur, Kosovo, Chechnya, and all presently warring middle-eastern region nations are in constant turmoil and conflict due to a singular common denominator — and it is NOT the Jews. If you have the time for a very long article with screenshots and proof of the groups engaged in BDS, which includes: m4bl (movement for black lives), women’s studies, native-american/indigenous peoples, students for justice in palestine, muslim student association, etc, then see my post, “The Bias of Unions”, here:

      (https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/the-bias-of-unions/)

      I appreciate your concern regarding this scourge upon us, and its general implications. At times, you may hear bits and pieces of what life was like for Jewish people in Russia via fragmentary comments left here. Being able to leave Russia was a difficult, and not always state-permitted, affair; in the late 1980’s, massive and continual protests by Jews, especially in America, saw success in the capitulation to allow them to go. Your family has suffered in such similar types of circumstances, it seems, too. Maybe you feel that, and can teach others what it was about, how it feels, and all that.

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      • That’s really deep and heartbreaking and emotional and educational. I only know vaguely that there are encroachment issues that still create tensions in the area today (especially recently, which raise hackles and voices) and have only read a little about the dynasties of China throughout the ages and a little bit about the provinces and of food, and some poetry. There is alot of incredible culture and talent that is both within China, and for which its people(s) have contributed to the world. Also with Japan. I know there are many differences between the old ways of mainland and the new of Taiwan, and its attendant expectations. I have a vagary in my mind of Singapore being innovative and industrious. I’ve seen some WWII footage of Japanese fighting and some of the islands and it’s, of course, horrific. I’m thinking that maybe they think if everybody starts with a fresh slate (memory wipe), then nobody will have reason to gripe. But, of course, it doesn’t really work out that way. I’m sortof surprised to hear that about Japanese education, but I guess I shouldn’t be. Dolly (koolkosherkitchen), the Jewish woman from Russia, was just saying recently that today’s children know nothing about the Holocaust. Some think it happened in the Middle Ages and some mix it up with the Inquisition. What I have found, personally, is that it’s very interesting to learn about other cultures through the people themselves, and that it happens through closer contact, rather than isolation. I don’t think that we, as humans, are quite as advanced as we pretend to be, since we are only just pretty much at the beginning of these “cultural exchange” studies, losing ground with successive generations, which need to learn anew. I think it’s great that you were willing to tell me about where you’re from, too; it’s cool to learn. As for me, this was a part of my “Hebrew School” education, which, the way I learned it in my Reform denomination (which is very liberal and doesn’t stick to the traditional rituals) was mostly about the cultural/historical aspect of our ancestry, with only a small smattering of Hebrew reading thrown in (alphabet; no language comprehension) and a fair amount of religious instruction (quite lacking by Orthodox standards), character study of the Bible, ethics, holidays, and a little delving into some of the assorted books. I attended three times weekly (Sundays, and two days after school) from the time I was young until my mid-teens. There’s so much, it’s a lifetime endeavor. I still read alot about it, along the same veins as I learned it.

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  6. No; it’s my coined expression for niche support groups, or maybe even the whole thing (I’ve not quite decided, yet). For instance, can’t a person live with a problem, and even complain about it if they want to, without being castigated by those without the problem to stop bothering their perfect lives with your less-than-perfect problems? Why must one be fobbed off to a support group for that, if they also don’t want to surround themselves with the bummer that is that problem? And issues that affect all peoples’ rights that are controversial: euthanasia. Is it the kind choice to kill a person or animal just because their quality of life is diminished? I’ll have you compare Hitler’s thoughts about the disabled as a reference point… And a “kindness blog” which includes stories of all kinds of random acts of kindness, with its resultant categories: Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, religion, Muslim, China, Chinese, India; the caveat, of course, is that anything written pertaining to Israel/Jews went into the only two not kind categories of “war” and “violence”. The assignation is glaringly biased and apparent. I mean, why even bother putting it in if it isn’t in conformance to their definition of “kindness”? I’m sorry, but militant euthanasists, thugs who terrorize American business owners through vandalism (as a non-sequitur) because they’re ignorant to the way voting works (the same electorate college which put Obama and Clinton into power) and think that inflicting their viewpoibts through violent tactics is kind, constitute some of it… The same thing you’re saying, in a nutshell.

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  7. Hi. Thanks. Did I overload you on “likes”? You touched me to tears with your heart’s/soul’s expression.

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