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Being Thankful, Taking a Stand

No one is perfect, but everyone can be human. Being human means so much to me. It means having empathy, being sensitive, respectful and conscious of what it means to be a human being. Perfection, defined as the condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws and defects, is not something I ascribe to. We will never be that, making perfection subjective at best. Am I a perfect mother? My children tell me I am when they get what they want from me, but the jury is out when I cannot or won't do something they think I should. We live with it, however,  because we love each other, we care. We don't always get it right--perfection--but we keep trying. The problem is that not everyone tries. Why? Because this systemic system of inequality and injustice empowers those of us who forget what it means to be human, or worse to see the humanity in others.
Every thanksgiving, I'm thankful to take the time to be with family and friends. I'm thankful t…

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