The Work We Need To Do

154 Responses to “The Work We Need To Do”

  1. 1 Dudette
    January 30, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Happy Saturday, Nerdy Wonka! Thank you! Have a beautiful weekend, Beloved! 😘

  2. 4 marleysperson
    January 30, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Morning everyone

  3. 7 ggail44
    January 30, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Good West Coast morning Nerdy & TOD family. 😎💖
    Congrats sister Dudette on First 💃🏾

  4. 10 whenpamelawandered
    January 30, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Good morning, good day, a big hug to each of y’all TODoBots, you all make my world a better place, each and every day!

    Thank you, NW, thank you TOD!


  5. 11 jer44
    January 30, 2021 at 1:07 pm

  6. January 30, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    Knock knock …..

  7. January 30, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    Knock knock ….

  8. January 30, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    • January 30, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    • 20 lmcae72
      January 30, 2021 at 6:53 pm

      It is because Black people have mostly been the victims. It is always a wink and a slide when white people terrorize Black people because the perpetrators are their people. They are all shocked, hurt, and paralyzed when it happens to them. Black people have been saying all along that what the world saw last year and this year is the truth of life in America. We looked with scorn at all of the liberals who kept saying this is not America, or those who have said that they want things back the way they were. What they want is the ability to believe again this this is a just country where everyone has a chance to live out their dreams. We say build back better; replace rather than restore; re-imagine rather than return to the status quo, The country is where it is today in large part because so many whites looked the other way when injustice and terror was visited upon non-white citizens. Time and again congress refused to codify lynching as a hate/federal crime and then had the nerve to be so appalled when a noose was put in outside of the capitol, its target the white republican vice president and any others who would not disenfranchise Black and minority votes. I have heard the description “domestic terrorism and terrorists more in this first month of 2021 than I have in all of my several scores of life. Black people always say that nothing matters in this country until it happens to white people and this month is the greatest illustration of that sorry truth. Most Black people consider the events of this month to be white folks’ mess that they brought onto themselves. We are not surprised or even that sorry that all of this is happening. There is a nodding of heads, a rolling of eyes and shoulders shrugged. No one listened to us or cared and now the monster is bloated after being fed with indifference on one hand and lies on the other and it is loose seeking more to devour.

      • 21 Nerdy Wonka
        January 31, 2021 at 9:44 am

        Hear! Hear!

      • 22 marleysperson
        January 31, 2021 at 10:06 am

        And this is precisely why it is an honor to be in this place and learn from people that know of what they speak. Thank you, Imcae. Sometimes (most times) it’s best if people like me shut up and listen. Though I understood this to be true all along, you said this so eloquently. Immense thanks.

      • January 31, 2021 at 10:09 am

        “No one listened to us or cared and now the monster is bloated after being fed with indifference on one hand and lies on the other and it is loose seeking more to devour.”

        A few of us have been ‘listening’ for a very long time.

        Unfortunately, not only did no one want to listen to us – they literally didn’t want us in ‘their family.’

        Be that as it may, your assessment could not be any more accurate.

        Sadly, it’s likely to get a lot worse for everyone until that beast – which is baked into the very ‘cake’ of our Constitution is Institutionally acknowledged and remedied.

        Good place to begin, as has been noted in more than one of my TOD posts, is for white people to LEAD ‘Truth & Reconciliation’ not with more manifestos but with actions that reflect the scale of the harm done since early 17th Century ‘america’ to African slaves and Native Peoples.

  9. January 30, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    ME Too!!

  10. 27 jer44
    January 30, 2021 at 3:18 pm

  11. 28 jer44
    January 30, 2021 at 3:21 pm

  12. January 30, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    “Smoking Gun Texts Show Trump Campaign Planned Rally That Incited Capitol Attack”

    “As Republicans continue to try to sweep the attack on the Capitol under the rug,
    and distance Trump from any responsibility for what happened,
    evidence continues to surface that
    Trump was involved
    with every element of the rally
    that led to the attack on the Capitol.”

  13. January 30, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Knock knock ….

  14. January 30, 2021 at 5:21 pm

  15. January 30, 2021 at 5:44 pm

  16. 38 jer44
    January 30, 2021 at 8:28 pm

  17. 39 Dudette
    January 30, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    This is our excellent FLOTUS!

  18. January 30, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Knock knock ….

  19. January 30, 2021 at 10:33 pm

  20. January 30, 2021 at 11:18 pm

  21. January 30, 2021 at 11:35 pm

  22. 45 jacquelineoboomer
    January 30, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    This is from our dear friend Bobfr (changed his profile name) … he’s hoping to get back on TOD soon!

  23. 48 jacquelineoboomer
    January 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm

  24. January 31, 2021 at 1:51 am

    Will keep knocking, tomorrow.

    Goodnight TOD.

  25. January 31, 2021 at 10:06 am

  26. January 31, 2021 at 10:33 am

    THANK YOU NERDY for answering the TOD door and opening it for me!!!

  27. 56 Dudette
    January 31, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Good Morning Everybody! Have a lovely day! ☀️🌅🌄🌇🌻😎🍳

  28. 58 Dudette
    January 31, 2021 at 10:48 am


    … and an armrest!

  29. 59 Dudette
    January 31, 2021 at 10:48 am

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  31. 62 Dudette
    January 31, 2021 at 11:03 am

    How adorable is this? 😍

  32. 63 Dudette
    January 31, 2021 at 11:04 am

    A tribute to Jackie Robinson

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  34. 65 Dudette
    January 31, 2021 at 11:24 am

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  37. 68 jer44
    January 31, 2021 at 12:02 pm

  38. 69 jer44
    January 31, 2021 at 12:26 pm

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  40. January 31, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    #QuackonGreene gets a pass from the Arkansas Governor and it’s ‘like so what’s new’ ….

  41. 73 Dudette
    January 31, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Ya think?

    • 74 todjey
      January 31, 2021 at 2:15 pm

      Good Sunday afternoon TODville.

      Fully agreed Dudette. I don’t know what is in a school curriculum but if civics is not in it … bring it back.

      A long time ago a friend and I were having a conversation / kvetching about ppl who do not line up for the bus etc etc … and I said that perhaps the local govts should require tv stations to run PSA ads on tv with civic themed positive messaging. I am sure tv alone is not enough but …

      My friend said and I am paraphrasing… why? Because lining up for the bus ought to be common sense and that everyone should know this.

      As much as I would like to have agreed with her … i do believe that sometimes nurture is just as important as nature.

    • 75 marleysperson
      January 31, 2021 at 2:33 pm

      I’ve been saying for YEARS that civics needs to be a graduation requirement for not just HS, but college as well. In every school in America. No exceptions

      • 76 lmcae72
        January 31, 2021 at 3:40 pm

        It was for a long time before curriculums became more about teaching to the state standardized test. back in the day we had Civics in 9th grade, World History in 10th, American History in 11th and a class about democracy that came under various names in 12 grade. They became more inclusive to tell the real story of America beginning in the early 70’s and beyond, but it was still by and large left to whether or not teachers would delve into the issues that make white people, especially those in the South uncomfortable. Having said that, the best History teacher at Highschool where I taught, was a white female who was in her late 20’s early 30’s. She went there with the unvarnished truth and understanding. I really feel sorry for government teachers now because of all of these trumper parents who are in denial.

      • 77 Dudette
        January 31, 2021 at 4:02 pm

        Couldn’t agree more

  42. 78 Dudette
    January 31, 2021 at 1:08 pm

  43. 79 Dudette
    January 31, 2021 at 1:08 pm

  44. 80 Dudette
    January 31, 2021 at 1:09 pm

  45. 81 Dudette
    January 31, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Good point.

  46. 82 Dudette
    January 31, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    COVID relief is on the way!

  47. 85 Dudette
    January 31, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    Just ordered mine!

    • 86 lmcae72
      January 31, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      I ordered it as well as the complete book of poems that will be available in the fall. So happy that the publishers put out a copy of the title poem earlier. It will join my copies of the Inaugural poems by May Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander and Richard Blanco (of course Robert Frost’s “The Gift Outright as well in a poetry anthology). I really enjoyed reading and studying these poems with my High School students before I retired from teaching. I almost wish I was still teaching to be able to share Amanda’s poem. I have been looking on Youtube at how professors, priests, and rabbis and so many others have talked about and analyzed “The Hill We Climb.”

    • January 31, 2021 at 4:34 pm

      I preordered copies for the young ladies in my family; going to go back and order for the young men, too.

  48. 89 todjey
    January 31, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Mallence Williams Ted Talk

  49. January 31, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    If we don’t get our act together and never allow Trump and Trumpians to escape accountability ….

  50. January 31, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    CONGRESSWOMAN CORI BUSH: “I’m here to do a job.”
    Rep. Cori Bush recounts how Marjorie Taylor Greene berated her in Congress:
    “I moved my office because I’m here to do a job for the people of St. Louis. They deserve that.
    And what I cannot do is continue to look over my shoulder wondering if a white supremacist in Congress by the name of Marjorie Taylor Greene or anyone else, cause there are others,
    that they are doing something or conspiring against us.”

    Hear here on ReidOut: (https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-reidout-with-joy-reid/episode/im-here-to-do-a-job-cori-bush-recounts-how-marjorie-taylor-greene-berated-her-81228486)

    • January 31, 2021 at 2:16 pm

      Greene bragged about being a gun-carryer when stalking and yelling at a peaceful and silent David Hogg.
      She advocates for a “bullet to the head” of Speaker Pelosi.
      Obviously Greene is a danger to Congress and needs urgent mental health treatment. Remove before she acts on her insanity.

  51. January 31, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    Any news about which member(s) of Congress
    were showing (what turned out to be) insurgents around the Capitol just prior to the January 6th?
    There had been no tours for months due to COVID-19. How is it hard to identify who that was?

  52. January 31, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    Charles Blow, author “The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto”.
    Guest on Sree’s Sunday NYT Readalong earlier today.
    —Plus a great interview with Joy Reid on Friday!

    • January 31, 2021 at 3:41 pm

      “So the idea of simply returning to where your grandparents are buried does not seem to me to be contraversial. The controversy to me is why they left in the first place. The idea that someone should terrorize you out of a space and that victory of terrorism should be allowed to stand. Or that we should be negotiating with the people who are…the people who are the descendants of the people who did the terrorizing. I don’t understand that.” (Charles Blow)

  53. 96 jer44
    January 31, 2021 at 3:33 pm

  54. January 31, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    It’s not that some are unaware and doing their dang best to try to help the herd avoid the cliff …

    There’s #GasLighting, and then there’s “#FinkLighting.”

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  59. 105 jer44
    January 31, 2021 at 8:54 pm

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    January 31, 2021 at 9:02 pm

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    January 31, 2021 at 9:18 pm

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  63. 109 Dudette
    January 31, 2021 at 11:19 pm

  64. 110 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2021 at 11:28 pm

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  68. February 1, 2021 at 8:27 am

    Already running scared….

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  73. February 1, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Maybe we did learn something…

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  75. February 1, 2021 at 8:41 am

    • February 1, 2021 at 8:52 am

      It is called a democracy…folks want DEMs to be more like the GOP “UNDEMOCRATIC”..I do not know the answer…but when you come to the game and only one side plays by the rules…it is difficult…do we throw out the rules altogether…how do we navigate this..

      • February 1, 2021 at 9:04 am

        New Rules???

        It’s become obvious that the GOP will not go back to what Dems still consider to be the “norm”. For the GOP, the “rules” are whatever is convenient and beneficial to them. So the Dems should assume likewise…at least for now.

        We are in crisis mode and Democrats should do whatever needs to be done to straighten out the chaos and put the country back on track.

  76. February 1, 2021 at 8:47 am

    US citizens should be reminded of this when travelling abroad. Too many ignore local laws and customs as if they are entitled to do whatever they want and be exonerated.

  77. February 1, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Few Republicans will call out their GOP colleagues unless they see their own re-election odds jeopardized. This gives us an opportunity to advance the narrative that the deranged factions of that party are indeed what the GOP is at its core.

    Nancy Pelosi seems to have already started moving in this direction. This weekend, Speaker Pelosi smartly equated the GOP with QAnon. We can work to associate the nefarious actions of the most egregious Republicans with the party writ large, showing that those who don’t distance themselves from the lunacy are actually complicit.

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  80. 132 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Good Morning and Happy Black History Month! 😄

  81. 133 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 9:08 am

  82. 134 Dudette
    February 1, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Nature’s Own Sitcom Stars: The Muppet and the Secretary

  83. February 1, 2021 at 9:14 am

    I am SHOCKED!!!!….NOT

  84. 136 amk for obama
    February 1, 2021 at 9:48 am

    Trixie and the bloody cat who thinks she is a bloody dog.

  85. 141 jer44
    February 1, 2021 at 10:00 am

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  87. 144 jer44
    February 1, 2021 at 10:06 am

    • February 1, 2021 at 10:22 am

      One thing. They can’t make it IMPOSSIBLE to vote. It would most likely fail with a court challenge. Also, whatever they try to put in place would also affect GOP voters to some extent. But yes, we need the John Lewis Voting Rights Bill to keep them from even doing that.

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  90. February 1, 2021 at 11:04 am

    ReidOut: The internet exploded’:
    Huge backlash as Robinhood restricts trading on GameStop stocks
    Regarding the internet backlash on Robinhood restricting trading on stocks like GameStop and AMC, New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz says “I would say the internet absolutely exploded when Robinhood announced they were halting trades.”
    —-the investor class doesn’t expect the rest of us to have financial literacy.

  91. February 1, 2021 at 11:06 am

    During Black History Month, there are individuals we always hear about. But what about the unsung heroes???

    Before there was Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin.

    Most people think of Rosa Parks as the first person to refuse to give up their seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. There were actually several women who came before her; one of whom was Claudette Colvin.

    It was March 2, 1955, when the fifteen-year-old schoolgirl refused to move to the back of the bus, nine months before Rosa Parks’ stand that launched the Montgomery bus boycott. Claudette had been studying Black leaders like Harriet Tubman in her segregated school, those conversations had led to discussions around the current day Jim Crow laws they were all experiencing. When the bus driver ordered Claudette to get up, she refused, “It felt like Sojourner Truth was on one side pushing me down, and Harriet Tubman was on the other side of me pushing me down. I couldn’t get up.”

    Claudette Colvin’s stand didn’t stop there. Arrested and thrown in jail, she was one of four women who challenged the segregation law in court. If Browder v. Gayle became the court case that successfully overturned bus segregation laws in both Montgomery and Alabama, why has Claudette’s story been largely forgotten? At the time, the NAACP and other Black organizations felt Rosa Parks made a better icon for the movement than a teenager. As an adult with the right look, Rosa Parks was also the secretary of the NAACP, and was both well-known and respected – people would associate her with the middle class and that would attract support for the cause. But the struggle to end segregation was often fought by young people, more than half of which were women.

  92. February 1, 2021 at 11:09 am

    President Biden last Tuesday:
    “Today, I’m directing the federal agency to reinvigorate the consultation process with Indian tribes.
    Respect the tribal sovereignty — respect for tribal sovereignty will be a cornerstone of our engaging with Native American communities.”

  93. February 1, 2021 at 11:18 am

    “As Pandemic Rips Through Indian Country,
    Indigenous Communities Work to Save Elders & Languages”

    “We look at the fight to save tribal elders and Native language speakers as the pandemic rips through Indian Country, with Indigenous communities facing woefully inadequate healthcare, lack of governmental support, and the living legacy of centuries of colonialism.”

    “Native Americans have died from COVID-19 at twice the rate of white people across the U.S.
    To combat this crisis, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has prioritized elders who speak the Dakota and Lakota languages to receive vaccines.

    Jason Salsman, a spokesman for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, told The New York Times
    the losses were akin to a “cultural book-burning.”
    (Discussion: (https://www.democracynow.org/2021/1/22/native_elders_indigenous_language_preservation_covid)

    • February 1, 2021 at 11:20 am

      Nola Taken Alive on language:
      “As far as prioritizing our elders, we want to make sure —
      and this is something that dad always talked about, you know, as far as our language, and he’ll always say that our language is spiritual. When we talk about spiritual, we talk about our identity, of who we are. And, you know, it must be known, throughout the world, that Native Americans or American Indians weren’t granted Freedom of Religion Act until 1978. So, if you can think about that, I was only 1 years old, where our ancestors, or my parents, my grandparents, could actually pray and use our ceremonies in the open. Before that, it was outlawed. So, with our ceremonies also was our language. And also, we have to look back at the oppression that has happened to our people for generations, for centuries.”

      Alex White Plume on the lockdown,
      “On the Pine Ridge Reservation, about 90% of us can’t find employment, were unemployed. Imagine 17 people living in a house with no food, their electricity is ready to get turned off, and then you’re locked down. And then the tribe never went to pay the electric company’s bill, so lights were being turned off. It was really a negative impact on us.
      At the same time, many Lakota speakers were just dying from this new disease.”

  94. 154 mtmarilyn
    February 1, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    I’m going to order mine now. What an beautiful young lady!

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