Straightspeak Weekly Commentary2018-11-25T16:16:25+00:00

A weekly commentary by David Hughes

November 21, 2018 – “People are the worst”

 


November 15, 2018 – “Remembering to forget”

 


November 7, 2018 – Community spirit … looking after each other.


November 1, 2018 – “Where’s the Outrage?”


October 19, 2018 – “Vote and pay it forward”

 


October 10, 2018 – “Vocal minorities”


October 3, 2018 – “Less than the best”


September 19, 2018 – “Asking the right question”


September 12, 2018 – “Notwithstanding”


September 5, 2018 – “McCain and the road to character”


August 30, 2018 – “Premortem – avoiding failure”


August 23, 2018 – “Lame Duck Collusion”


August 17, 2018 – “The inmates are running the asylum”


August 9, 2018 – “Nature bats last”


August 2, 2018 – “Pogo: We have met the enemy”


July 26, 2018 – “Whistling past the graveyard of democracy”


July 19, 2018 – “Gaia and the West Harbour ”


July 12, 2018 – “Nature’s needs: It’s a choice”


July 5, 2018 – “Measuring character”


 

June 20, 2018 – “The Price of Ignorance.”


June 13, 2018 – “Be careful what you wish for.”


June 6, 2018 – “Ya’ Got Trouble.”


May 31, 2018 – The no-shows are the “idiots”


May 24, 2018 –The power of public engagement ”


May 17, 2018 – “Watching over the cookie jar”


May 10, 2018 – “Consequences and cookie Jar politics”


May 2, 2018 – “David was a consequence for Goliath”


April 26, 2018 – “The Fear of Consequences”


April 18, 2018 – “Lies, damn lies, and collusion”


April 11, 2018 – “The Shadow Government”


April 4, 2018 – “Collusion in action”


March 30, 2018 – “Collusion is rampant”


March 23, 2018 – “Collusion”


March 14, 2018 – “Grateful for Democracy”


March 7, 2018 – “Kakistocracy – government by the worst”

 


February 21, 2018 – You get what you pay for.


February 14, 2018 – Charles Darwin for Mayor


February 8, 2018 – Next Generation of Leaders


January 31, 2018 – Don’t Let the Drumbeat Stop


January 26, 2018 – Disconnection & Alienation


January 18, 2018 – Oprah for President? No!


January 12, 2018 – Why Democracies Die?


January 6, 2018 – Anti-Resolutions & Armchair Critics


December 29, 2017 – Resolutions


December 22, 2017 – Alabama as a learning moment


December 15, 2017 – Sexual Abuse Is An Opportunity


December 8, 2017 – Blunt force corporate trauma


November 30, 2017 – Free Speech Under Attack.

 


November 24, 2017 – The Weinstein Effect.


November 17, 2017 – Is cooperation going to the dogs?


November 10, 2017 – Mad as hell and not going to take it anymore


November 5, 2017 – Malignant normality


October 21, 2017 – Bill 162 – Leadership attendance optional


October 21, 2017 – Women, Jewelry & Art


October 9, 2017 – The Value of Questioning


October 4, 2017 – Life Insurance Settlements


September 28, 2017 – Fighting City Hall – and Winning!


September 23, 2017 – Loss of Honour


September 16, 2017 – Five Leadership Qualities


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Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
Edmund Burke
The human species lacks any goal external to its own biological nature.
Edward O. Wislon, Pulitzer Prize winning American biologist
There is nothing man won't do to avoid the difficult task of thinking.
Thomas Edison
We humans are capable of greatness ... but we are making a mess of our planet and becoming a danger to ourselves.
Carl Sagan
Exactly how much of nature can we trash and burn and get away with it?
Philip Anderson, Nobel laureate physicist, Princeton

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Five Generations to Freedom

My personal history is the stuff they write books about. And that's what I am doing. The working title "Five Generations to Freedom."

It's historical fiction because, unfortunately, I can not find enough records to substantiate all facets of the story. I've combed the genealogy, traveled to my father and grandmothers' birthplace, walked the graveyards, searched the churches and ... well, the facts just aren't there. I have written three books based on other families and their genealogy but my ancestors emerged from a journey that left few records – slavery.

My great grandmother, on my father's side, was a "freed slave." My grandmother, Amelia, was born to a white, French plantation owner in Grenada and a black slave named Mary, who worked on the Count de Poulain's plantation. Amelia was raised in her father's home and in adulthood, in an attempt to escape her black heritage, she "disowned" her mother Mary. Once, when Mary visited her daughter, Amelia told her, "Get out and never come back." And Amelia, as a mother herself (twelve children), told all of them, "Marry white." And many did, including my father. My mother was white Anglo-Saxon protestant born in England. They met in Canada where dad became a doctor.

It has taken five generations for the descendants of Mary (we do not know her last name) to free themselves from the bondage and stigma of their black heritage. But today, my children embrace it and are damn proud of it. Unfortunately, the 150 years in between has been a wasteland of bigotry, racism and bullying, Filled with anger, rejection, shame, fear, violence, murder and ... love, romance, kindness, perseverance and pride.