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Racing. Unifying or Divisive???

UPDATE: As a hub of much Civil Rights activism in the '60s, '70 and continuing on to the present day, it seems to me that the City of Houston is stirring the pot of racial division. When PEOPLE study history, it is to learn from the mistakes of the past to not repeat them, not to look back in anger, not to blame INDIVIDUALS living in this generation for the mistakes of their ancestors (BTW NONE of my ancestors owned slaves: my people were poor tobacco farmers who worked their own fields.)

PEOPLE forget that Equal Rights ARE Civil Rights.

WOMEN are the only class of people not federally protected by the US Constitution.

Yesterday was the Women's March, today is the Houston Marathon & tomorrow is the observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King. (more thoughts on that tomorrow.)

So all of 10 people ever read a thing I have to say, while MILLIONS of Houstonians watch Network TV. Yesterday, one of the channels I regularly watch decided to have the anchors wear their "Orange is the New Black Uniforms"

Seriously??? For the Women's March. Dressed in orange. With millions of Houstonians watching.

Orange is such a happy color, isn't it???

How does that make you feel when you see someone dressed in orange???

Several years ago, some genius or geniusses at the Houston Sports Authority decided to paint the town orange in the form of the Houston Astros & the Houston Dynamo, two of our sports teams whose uniforms are ORANGE.


The City of Houston on an official level is STIRRING THE POT OF RACIAL DIVIDE.

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Me at the George R Brown Convention Center Finish Line Houston Marathon 2012

While I have NEVER RACED A DAY IN MY LIFE, the 46th Annual Houston Marathon is today in Downtown Houston. The first running of the Houston Marathon was on December 30, 1972 before being moved to MLK Weekend

The International Event always puts Houston in the Public Eye, hopefully for the right reasons.

Given the current cultural climate, I gotta question the motivation of all this Racing around here.

How are WOMEN responsible for RACING???

I even need to question the motivation of long-time friends. Do they ever actually read a thing I say all the way through, or are they vying to win some prize at the finish line???

People need to check their MOTIVATION., their reasons for doing things.

Is it for the Right Reasons or overly aggressive competition???

Following Marathon Weekend will be the Women's March, a peaceful protest - not a RACE, encouraging EQUALITY, UNITY & RESPECT.

I was there in 2017, I will be there again this year, marching for equality for all PEOPLE.

The course for the Houston Marathon is literally in my backyard, so I may get dressed in the frigid cold this morning & walk my dog Coco down to the end of my street (like I do every year) to cheer the runners on.

How do we as a people STOP RACING???

Learn to treat PEOPLE as INDIVIDUALS.

Learn to treat PEOPLE with RESPECT.

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