Letter To White People From A White Woman

I know everything feels awful right now. I know you are learning about things you never heard of before, seeing things that are disturbing and wondering if there will ever be an end to it.

Here is the deal—we are experiencing a massive, earthshaking social reckoning that encompasses every wrong and injustice that has occurred to People of Color, with the focus on Black people as they experience the brunt of our unjust system.

This social reckoning encompasses all that has happened since the Atlantic slave trade and the founding of America, every event all along the way through the years leading up to 2020 from the Civil War and the unfinished work of Reconstruction that followed, Jim Crow Segregation, the rise of the KKK and the modern day imprisonment of Black people.

As children, we were never taught the full truth of American history. The absence of critical stories, events and people obscured by gaslighting, the worst atrocities excluded from textbooks, our very language encoded with racist ideas and practices invisible to us growing up and preserved because of our ignorance to it. The book Lies My Teacher Told Me, only scratched the surface.

This is not our fault. We were born into this mess. But, now that we know. We need to reckon with it head on, because it will never go away and only get worse if we do nothing.

It hurts. All of it. You want to look away, not deal with it. But, we must. I am. It hurts me. All of it. But, I must look and listen and engage and grow because ultimately, as a white person, I have the power to change it. 
That’s what you need to understand. White people must change it and make it right for our children. Hate is a cancer. The future demands that all people cooperate and get along and take care of each other. It is the only way we will survive the challenges ahead and social justice for People of Color is connected to environmental justice and climate change. All roads lead to this. We must fix what is broken within humanity first and everything else will naturally follow.

I know that you are uncomfortable with topics about racism and you would rather get back to your life, but I want to ask that you take this moment—this rare opportunity in a pandemic—to set aside your feelings, your guilt, your arguments for preserving this racist system that only works for you. Place those things all to the side and give them a ‘time out’.

Then, start a conversation, watch a documentary, read a book such as White Fragility and How to Be An Anti-Racist, and then talk to your white friends and family. Get them to do the same.

And, if you disagree and that the system doesn’t work for you, that’s another reason for you to be a part of changing it. We can do this!

Imagine when we get through all of this, how much better a world we can create.

❤️ 💙 💚 💛 💜


Copyright © 2020 Waking Dream Currents blog
Lisa M. McDougald | About Author

Celebrating The First Annual Obama Day

I’ve spent the day posting a timeline of President Barack Obama’s presidency on June 14, the birthday of the current occupant of the White House.

Today has been a wonderful journey back through time when we had a President who was compassionate, funny, inspiring, wise, loving, appropriate, professional, commanding, beloved, respected, honored, passionate, engaging, unassuming, intelligent, focused, reassuring, comforting, driven, moral, tempered, thoughtful, generous, humble.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama—I miss this voice, this cadence, this most affective leader.

Throughout Barack Obama’s Presidency, there was an unusual alignment of key events and anniversaries that corresponded with the American struggle of racism, fascism, terrorism and gun violence—50th anniversaries of Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Bloody Sunday in Selma, the March on Washington; the death of Nelson Mandela; mass shootings in Sandy Hook, South Carolina, Orlando; the 10th anniversary of September 11 and death of Osama bin Laden; the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

President Barack Obama invited, worked with, came together for and reached out to President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush many times for events when the country needed comforting from national tragedy, commemorate important anniversaries and deaths, to check in now and then as previous presidents have done all throughout American history, something that is desperately missing under this one.

The successful completion of two terms of President Barack Obama is the ultimate American success story. Don’t ever forget that. It took over two hundred years for us to get to this point, but it happened and should be celebrated. But, there is so much more work to do and it requires all white people who voted for Barack Obama to step up their game, step up their advocacy, step up their activism. We as white people must take ownership of all of it and pull up our sleeves and get to work.

I promise to put in the hard work to push for change.

I promise to use my voice to educate, advocate and inspire other white people to work toward ending systemic racism.

I promise to write, to call, to meet my leaders in my own community to change racist policies and norms.

I promise to be an advocate for those who cannot speak and help those voices be heard.

I promise to learn and grow and read and educate myself to work toward ending systemic racism while I am alive.

I refuse to quit, give up, fall apart, or give in to despair.
I refuse to believe that we cannot continue the progress we have made just a few years ago, and push to meet the challenges of this world.

We can do this again. We can choose forward not backwards, equality over prejudice, a stable healthy planet, a sustainable economy that works for everyone and work toward the eradication of systemic racism. We must.

We cannot allow the despair, the disillusion, the hate, our painful past to usurp the ‘will of the people’ from forging through this birth canal in this moment. Our survival demands that we stand together, to embrace ALL of humanity, to love and protect ALL of humanity.

I refuse to give up on this American experiment. The skeletal system is there and we can once again, fill it with a vibrant and healthy body.

One vote. One world. One humanity. One planet. One cause.

Vote in 2020. Vote in all future elections. Vote always. Vote no matter what.


Copyright © 2020 Waking Dream Currents blog
Lisa M. McDougald | About Author

Going Zero Waste

I have switched gears over the last several months from working on my novel to dropping everything to focus on the climate crisis. I began writing articles on zero waste and sustainable ways businesses and individuals can decrease their carbon footprint and be part of the solution. I also made a commitment to transitioning to a zero waste lifestyle. Now in my 12th week, you can check out my progress at https://www.facebook.com/ZeroWasteSantaClarita/

I hope this article inspires you to do everything you can to reduce your carbon footprint. I would love to hear from you on this important topic!

Lisa McDougald | The Greener Side: Going Zero Waste in the SCV

New Release – March 26, 2019 – The Driver, The Journey, The Fall

It’s here! Get your paperback copy of The Driver, The Journey, The Fallnow available online through Lulu, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and other global book retailers.

 

This is the author’s first book of poems. The collection is divided into three book.gifnatural moods or seasons—we follow our speaker’s shifts through grief and despair, awareness and observation, hope and inspiration. Each poem was selected and revised from pieces written between 1991 and 2017.

In THE DRIVER, THE JOURNEY, THE FALL, Lisa M. McDougald navigates confession and autobiography, writing about a range of trials: the death of her grandfather, love lost and longed for, a co-worker’s suicide, and existential anxieties. The author meditates on her heritage by contemplating DNA; she looks upward, celestial, probing there for answers. Here is an ardent soul fighting to sustain herself in a shifting and often isolating modern world through the decay of the 20th century and the dawning of the 21st. She offers us a swing in the park—sharing moments that threaten to plunge us off a cliff, but imploring us to hang on. And we will.

“…light on exuberance and strong on exacting observation, a bit like Emily Dickinson…”

NEIL HOWE, author and historian of American generations

“I truly appreciated reading this book…. I was surprised to feel sorrow. I was pleased to be back in touch with regret. I felt my own angst over the world’s peril. And the longer I read, the more deeply I felt my humanity….”

PATRICK COMBS, bestselling author of When You Are Bursting

More reviews on Goodreads


PRODUCT DETAILS:

ISBN-13: 9781949268003
ISBN-10: 1949268004
Copyright: Lisa M. McDougald
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Raven Shadow Press
Published: January 28, 2019
Language: English
Pages: 92
Binding: Paperback
Weight: 0.41 lbs.
Dimensions: 6 x 9

 

Out of the void, a voice awakens…

 

A glimpse of another time,
another existence,
out floods the soul—
fluid, rank, ancient.

Shedding the skin,
it takes in
the rain,
falling down
on thirsty cells
reaching up.

A glorious
liberation…

Launch Date Almost Here—March 26, 2019!

Countdown to my official launch date of The Driver, The Journey, The Fall
March 26, 2019!

With National Poetry Month just around the corner, I will be focusing on marketing and connecting with readers. It has been quite the adventure from start to finish! I’ve learned a lot and super excited to see a book I have contemplated for many years, be realized. I will be sharing stories behind the poems and inviting you to ask questions about the work in future posts so stay tuned…
Check out the latest reviews on Goodreads!

Last month to preview The Driver, The Journey, The Fall!

I want to share a recent review on NetGalley by bookseller, Kay Card:

Promising debut from McDougald here. Had a very modern feel, covering a range of themes, some random and surprisingly poignant given the subject matter. There was a fair few poems in this collection like Lost My Heart and Valley of Memory that completely clicked with me, and others that missed the mark a little but liked regardless. Would happily pick up future works by the poet on the back of this.

The Advanced Reader Edition of The Driver, The Journey, The Fall will be available for download until NOVEMBER 30th. All you need is Adobe Digital Editions (a free application) to access it once you have downloaded the PDF.

I look forward to your feedback and invite you to submit a review on GoodReads! Thank you again for your support! #NetGalley #TheDriverTheJourneyTheFall #TellTellPoetry

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Interview with Tell Tell Poetry

As I am in the review process of my poetry collection, The Driver, The Journey, The Fall, I had the opportunity to interview with Kallie at Tell Tell Poetry about my process and experience as a newly minted Self-Publisher! I want to thank Kallie and all the staff at Tell Tell Poetry for making my book the best it can be!

Now available on NetGalley for a limited time! The Driver, The Journey, The Fall

I am excited to announce the advanced review copy of The Driver, The Journey, The Fall – now available on NetGalley for a limited time! Please feel free to share, comment, and let me know what you think!

 

New Press Kit Page!

Lisa tree hugger
Photo by Linda Mae Watson

I would like to announce my new Press Kit page now up! Over the past several months I have been working on my first poetry collection with an official release date of March 26, 2019. The book is in the final editing stages and will be available on NetGalley.com in the next month for reviews.

Check out the official press release and photos and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Stay tuned for more details…