A friend of mine needed my opinion on hate crimes & events that have happened in our neighborhood. I liked the topic a lot & got really into it; here ‘tis!:
To say that hate crimes are an “issue” is simply an understatement. It is something that our community, along with neighboring communities, have to deal with everyday. Minorities are treated as if they are something other than a human, a living creature, an inanimate object that doesn’t deserve to be a part of our town, Patchogue. Growing up, I was not taught black or white, light or dark, ugly or pretty, same or different; I was guided by the basic notion that people are good or bad, and to determine to like or dislike someone based on that, but never hate. “But never hate, hate is a strong word,” were the words that constantly poured out of my father’s mouth and reinforced by my mother. Unfortunately, with a culturally diverse community, one’s community has culturally diverse morals, values, and distinctions between that right and wrong. That’s when hate crimes burden the public and become an ongoing issue.
The man who was stabbed by the teenagers of the Patchogue-Medford community will forever be in my mind as the man who is a victim of not only a hate crime, but of a culturally diverse sector of society. Children should be taught to place judgments on movies, books, inanimate objects; not on living creatures due to lack of commonality.
Our neighborhood is special because of it’s diversity and opportunities for all those present, but what is special may also have faults; arbitrary thinking towards those present is a downfall. No one should want to represent their town in a demeaning light and have it be known as the town where individuals are hurt, killed, and punished for being different. Prevention measures should not be taught and preached to the children of a community, but to the adults of the community. Monkey see, monkey do. Children and young adults are the monkeys of society; when they see, they do. Let them see the good, the giving, the conducive behavior rather than the hating. “Monkey see, monkey do.”
Love & Grace,
Shopping venture with a visitor-friend inSOHO. Wall to wall, floor to ceiling…costume jewelry! I now know what heaven feels like!
It is now Spring, so that means everyone will soon be wearing a lot of brights… white, beige, tangerine, sea foam.. the list goes on & on. Add an extra pop of color with your brights; kill it with the triple “F” threat.
Fantastic, Fun, Florence.
Love & Grace,
P.S. Costume jewelry is always a fantastic investment because if you buy the right pieces they can look real, complete an outfit, & if it breaks or gets tarnished you mustn’t feel terribly about throwing it away or giving it to your kid sister. Why? (Psttt.. costume jewelry is inexpensive!)
This video is fantastic!!
Love & Giggles, Love & Grace,
(Army green romper:Guess, Forest green chiffon cover: American Apparel, Knee high taupe boots, accessories)
On my walk home today I ran into a consignment boutique called “Eleven”. Of course, I sparked some chit-chat with the girl behind the counter. Background information: green is my least favorite color.
A compliment was shot at my green wardrobe. Second, she told me how she had worn a green outfit a few days prior & totally owned it (go girl)! My new friend reassured me that green was a “must-wear” for Spring 2012.
Despite much opposition, green is in this season.
It’s like mama always said, “Eat your greens!”
It’s like Risa always said, “Wear your greens!”
Love & Green,
Love & Grace,
Eleven Consignment Boutique 180 1st Avenue (corner of 11th), New York, NY 10009