Monday 4 June 2012: Kunamokst
So grey and drizzly and so cold, I had to post this bit of color from a mural at the Galiano Inn where we walked while waiting for the ferry to go back to Seattle. We are going back on the same ferry with the book club who did a great job cleaning up today, eating yummy leftovers and talking talking talking- about the books we read and the one I just finished, The New Jim Crow by Michele Alexander. This book takes up where the Warmth left off- first there was slavery making the blacks second class citizens, then Jim Crow, and now the War on Drugs making felons out of an exorbitant percentage of blacks, but without a racist label. It is so upsetting , but the hope is with some of this new generation perhaps a revolution will begin so all will be one. Have to stop- but the book is worth reading! Someone in the book club said she now wants to go back and reread all of our African American literature that we have read with new eyes.
The mural is 231 original 12x12 in paintings of coastal impressions by 190 artists on the west coast. Kunamokst is a. Native west coast word that means together. It represents Unity through Diversity- a fitting theme for our weekend reading. This is just part of the mural that I could get with the iPhone. Edit: and now that I see it on the computer bigger than 2 inches., sorry it;'s a bit blurry --oh well, you get the idea.
Looking forward to Fiona tomorrow!! She's missed us! And we have missed her!