Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and Community

It is crucial that we each help our society to become more fully inclusive for all of us today, and to come and work together, for all of us, no?

I believe that attention to shared histories, as in DC, may provide part of an answer.  I started a note about that, a few years ago, in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call:

” … that the Jewish shop owners would allow Black customers to “sign the book” as
a way of purchasing goods on credit, payable at the end of the month.

Such family grocery store owners as Al and Ida Mendelson of 4401 Sheriff Road in the Deanwood neighborhood, who might have known Marvin Gaye ́s family,
took a great risk by cooperating with their colored customers, whom White society mistrusted, in allowing them credit to the end of the month. This cooperation was recalled by Hayden Wetzel as not being the norm among
White-owned businesses in any neighborhoods. Many native Washingtonians of color recall a loyalty between Jewish shop owners and African-American customers which helped both communities. That loyalty must certainly have inspired connections between both individuals and communities, stemming
from long years working side by side. That loyalty also built trust based on mutual respect, and from the shared difficulties faced by Negroes and Jews.

Connections led to borrowing of strategies, and later to sharing of dreams, cultures, and ideals.

New Negro Alliance, Shared Tactics: Pickets And Boycotts

“…a Negro heard one white man mutter to another: “I don ́t see why we have to sit at table
with Jews.” -C. Green, p. 216

Not only was there informal cooperation, but also transfers of knowledge  …


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So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about signing the book, on this page?  Some fresh reviews would help me decide that specific.

Page nineteen was last week…

Action Items:

1.) What are your thoughts on this page?

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how continuing empathy-building cooperation might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

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Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(The last GED lesson 67/67 , and the first lesson 1/67…), and

Babylon 5 review posts (online, offline: B5EpsThr15), and

Baby Acres: a Vision of a Better World (posts listed at bottom of page…)

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.


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7 thoughts on “Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom with the Call of Freedom, and Community

  1. In some ways, this is a credit-type system, right, just between two human beings who know one another? In general, I think this is a great way to interact, if it maintains its in-person part; however, the credit system, overall, as it has come to be isn’t necessarily a great way to interact.

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    1. Yes, Ma’am, it was, essentially, and I agree with you. Our current credit system is not a great way to interact. We need one based on empathy, cooperation, and a sense of honor, that each of us will help each other and do the right thing, because it is the right thing to do. We have the record here, on this page, that this has happened in the past, so we can certainly make it happen again, and even better.

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