We introduced a new little one to the family. She joins her sister Luna below.
The ukulele is such a fun instrument to play! It’s so easy to learn. It was just a fluke that in May 2019 my spouse went to Puerto Rick on a family vacation and I, staying home with the pooch, and wanting to noodle around with something, went to a Guitar Center here in town and bought the Luna shown above right off the shelf. It was the only tenor they had in the store. Guitar Center seems to be a sad store. They didn’t even have replacement strings in stock.
Fast forward to over a year later and I’ve just bought my first quality uke. Once you progress so far, your skills and ear demand a better instrument. My new uke is still in the beginner/intermediate range but it plays and sounds so much better.
I bought my new uke from The Ukulele Site. I’ve been following their YouTube channel for a while. The channel is named Hawaiian Music Supply. They regularly demo their ukes and showcase some talented musicians.
I’m so excited to continue my uke playing with this new baby.
But what about classical guitar, you ask? I passed my Grade 2 exam in April of this year and decided to take a break. I will start working on Grade 3 very soon. It will take a year to prepare for and I am currently mapping out a plan.
As many of you know, I am a women’s basketball fan. Yesterday, Muffet McGraw, Carolyn Peck, Geno Auriemma, and Dawn Staley discussed racial injustice and inequality. The discussion was moderated by Angel Gray.
If you go to Hoopfeed.com, there is a brief excerpt from Carolyn Peck’s experience with racial profiling in Gainesville, FL. For those of you who don’t know, Gainesville is considered, by some, to be a liberal bastion within a rural conservative Trump loving region. It’s home to the University of Florida. But even in this supposedly open-minded city, there is an ugly part.
Give a listen to Coach Peck’s experience. It’s a short excerpt and won’t take up much of your time. After listening to it, I don’t think you’ll have further questions on what white privilege is.
Note, that this isn’t the first time I’ve been made aware of this kind policing. We need an overhaul of the system. We need to de-militarize our police forces. That trillion dollar tax cut for the wealthy white elite needs to be rescinded and that money spent for the people who created that wealth.
You’ve been fed bullshit from the white powerful elite and you’ve swallowed it over and over.
Hypothetical question: let’s imagine that young black men armed themselves just like the white assholes above and marched to and forced themselves into the state capital building of say….Michigan. Think any of them would still be alive today?
“The past was great for white people (and white men in particular) because their positions went largely unchallenged. In understanding the power of white fragility, we have to notice that the mere questioning of those positions triggered the white fragility that Trump capitalized on. There has been no actual loss of power for the white elite, who have always controlled our institutions and continue to do so by a very wide margin. Of the fifty richest people on earth, twenty-nine are American. Of these twenty-nine, all are white, and all but two are men (Lauren Jobs inherited her husband’s wealth, and Alice Walton her father’s).
Similarly, the white working class has always held the top positions within blue-collar fields (the overseers, labor leaders, and fire and police chiefs). And although globalization and the erosion of workers’ rights has had a profound impact on the white working class, white fragility enabled the white elite to direct the white working class’s resentment toward people of color. The resentment is clearly misdirected, given that the people who control the economy and who have managed to concentrate more wealth into fewer (white) hands than ever before in human history are the white elite.
The call to Make America Great Again worked powerfully in service of the racial manipulation of white people, diverting blame away from the white elite and toward various peoples of color—for example, undocumented workers, immigrants, and the Chinese—for the current conditions of the white working class.”
Excerpt from White Fragility, written by Robin DiAngelo.
“If belief in heaven was private, like the tooth fairy, I’d say fine. But tooth fairy supporters don’t come round to your house and try to convert you. They don’t try and teach your children stultifying pseudo-science in school. They don’t try to prevent access to contraception.” ~Christopher Hitchens