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A Moment of Respect… In response to the racial tension taking place across our country, I have decided to pause content. I care deeply about matters of injustice, and of course, am against violence to any human regardless of race, religion, sexuality, etc. To be completely honest, I wish I knew the right response to convey here on these pages. Therefore, I have decided to step back and take a moment to reflect. My mother’s most impressionable message has always been to treat others the way you would like to be treated. I hope that we all can take the time today to think on this timeless Golden Rule.
I posted this on Instagram and thought it should be added here as well…
I am deeply saddened by the matters of injustice and racism spreading throughout our world, and I have decided to pause content for the moment. I wish I knew the right response to convey here on these pages, but what I know is that this is a time for change. I know I will never understand the pain of being judged by the color of my skin, but I will continue to do my best and educate myself. Breaking it down to the basics, I think we must all remember the Golden rule of treating others the way you would like to be treated.
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A Moment of Respect
Thank you for this post. I was raised by the Golden Rule and my husband and I also raised our children by it too. Our world would be a much better place if we showed more respect to one another. It’s sad to see the peaceful demonstrations overshadowed by the rioting and destruction. Thank you for your words. To me, you said it perfectly. Take care.
Thank you Jen. That will always be such an important lesson xTieghan
Michelle Lupomech’s comment below states that the reason most black people see bad outcomes to police arrest is because they were “trained to run” (George Floyd, among many others, was handcuffed and on the ground when he died, and he was kneeled on for 9 minutes, so that is just a lie). She also says that the riots are being funded. Neither the riots nor the protests are being funded by any outside agents. First of all, the VAST majority of what is occurring is PEACEFUL protesting. Second of all, it is occurring because people are rightfully fed up with what law enforcement is doing to people – murder – not because of some nefarious mysterious “actor” paying for them to occur. That is a conspiracy theory. She manages to be both racist, blaming black people for their OWN MURDERS at the hands of the police, and spreading conspiracy theories to undercut legitimate anger at the consequences of that racism.
Tieghan, you responded to her comment with “Thank you for this Michelle. I hope you and your family are staying safe as well.” If you want to be an ally, you need to call this out as unacceptable. Or at bare minimum not prop her up and make her feel like you accept her views. Maybe you didn’t understand what she said, but then please try to read more carefully in the future.
Hi Claire. Thank you for bringing this to my attention as I did not understand her comment as you are explaining it. And quite frankly I am upset that I did not understand it this way. Thank you for this. I apologize for overlooking her comment and not reading it thoroughly. I love that you all are coming on here and teaching myself and others what is happening and how we can help. These conversations are so important! I hope this can remain a safe space to do so ❤️ xTieghan
I have learned a lot from reading the comments by your readers, Tieghan. I am surprised by how many of them are telling you how to be. I appreciate your honesty and pausing content because you feel that is what you need to do to show reflection and understanding, One doesn’t have to have proximity or be out protesting to decide to pause for personal reflection. Systemic racism and injustice have no boundaries, the proximity is wherever we are. Thank you Tieghan for doing whatever you feel you need to do to do the same and giving us opportunity to be honest too. Be who you are, you are fine!
Thank you so much for this comment. It is really nice to see understanding during this time and we should all help each other up! xTieghan
Thank you for posting information about Campaign Zero. I was not aware of them until I saw this and I agree that their approach makes the most sense in this difficult time. I have donated and shared their information. The Golden Rule also resonates with me and I thank you for reminding us all how simple, yet important that is.
Thank you so much Stephanie. xTieghan
Thank you for sharing the conversation. I respect your voice and using your platform for positive change, compassion and education. Your followers care about this issue.
Thank you Susan xTieghan
How can you acknowledge and condone these riots . . . and with respect? I bet you would have a different view point if the riots were outside your door and they targeted your new barn? I believe in protesting, but they are no longer protests once they go beyond peaceful. There is no excuse for what is going on period!!
Hi Paul. Im sorry if you misunderstood this post, but I never stated that I agree with the rioting and destruction going on right now. I believe in a peaceful protest and am reflecting on what I can do now to help better our country. I think we really all need to stand together right now. xTieghan
Thank you for this!!! Black lives matter
I agree with CMS… I think we can all take solace in your recipes right now. Why take that comfort away?
Hi Swede. Thank you for this. I am taking the time for myself to pause and reflect on the situation right now. This is time that I personally need right now. Thank you for understanding. xTieghan
I almost agree. I used the same statement that respect is treating people how I would like to be treated. In a recent course I had it twisted, it could be said that it is treating people how THEY want to be treated. Depending on who you are this is actually much tougher.
Thank you for this Terri. I think it could go hand in hand, but right now, I completely agree. xTieghan
Thanks for this resource and I agree, it’s difficult to know what to say to convey sadness and frustration and a sense of helplessness how to effect real change. Reflection is definitely in order for all of us.
Thank you Malia xTieghan
you said it perfectly. i was raised the same way, treat others the way you want to be treated, with respect. i was never taught the color of ones skin, economic situation, looks, you help when people need your help. thank you for this. take care
Thank you Dawn xTieghan
Food brings people together and heals. Pausing content, especially new recipes with upbeat accompnanying essays, is the opposite of what you should be doing during these difficult times.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this, as I really do appreciate hearing from you guys. I am pausing content to take my own space to pause, reflect, listen and learn. I hope you understand. xTieghan
Hi, Tieghan ~~
You have done nothing wrong here, and in my eyes you have done a lot right. You are simply acknowledging, by basically saying you are holding your own vigil and moment of silence with a pause in recipe content, the crisis around us. Silence/meditation/reflection/prayer is not a simplistic response, and it does not fail to acknowledge the experiences of others. It can be a very profound reaction, and a pause can give enough breathing space, as you say, to then move into action. I appreciated knowing about the organization you mentioned, as I had not heard of it before. Since I believe the protests are, in effect, about everyone’s children – because we want a better world for them – if it is helpful, there are free resources for teachers called “Teaching Tolerance” from the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the nation’s premiere organizations fighting racial injustice. I can only speak from my own experience. I am the Caucasian parent of three children of Caucasian, Japanese, and African-American descent, all of whom have experienced racism in this country. My children have all worked in various ways for justice. I fear for them sometimes; and of course I am also proud of them. I am also the daughter of a history professor, the late Eckard V. Toy, Jr., who spent 30 years of his life teaching about racism in the U.S., and about hate groups like the KKK, the Possse Comitatus, the John Birch Society, the Proud Boys, and all the others. Justice begins with listening to each other. You gave us a platform on which to do that. You have begun a dialogue. That takes courage and wisdom. Thank you.
Thank you so much for this, I really appreciate you taking the time to respond to this post. We do all want a better world for our children and families, even if we don’t have them yet. I hope you and your family continue to stay safe and hopefully see a changed world. If you have anymore information to share, please feel free to do so! Thank you again ❤️ xTieghan
Thank you for this. I agree with Lea’s comment that it’s sort of bland, probably because you don’t know what to say, but specifically addressing what is happening is good. Black Lives Matter is not hard to write, although so many are stopping short of saying so. I appreciate the attempt.
Thank you Keri ❤️ xTieghan
Thank you for posting A Moment of Respect.