Saluting the Brave

You can count on me to be a voice of good cheer on this holiday weekend.

More school children were gunned down in America than US soldiers were killed in battle last year.

Black men are 13 times as likely to be killed by guns.

Every month, 50 women are killed by men they are involved with. That is roughly the same amount of overall military deaths in combat in the entire year – and that number increased significantly under Trump.

Prior, for the six years preceding Trump, about 50 total military deaths occured every two years.

Every loss matters. And families and friends mourn every death.

But we fetischize our Military in this country. Yes they are brave. But they get paid and rewarded to be brave.

Every day women try to find love with a man, they are stepping into a battle zone over ten times more dangerous than anyone serving in the military. Women – they get derided and harassed.

The definition of patriotism in America is a screwed up myth. And we all play along by rote.

This Memorial Day weekend I salute the brave school children, the brave black men and their families, and all the many women who have been raped and killed. My heart cries for you.

About the Author
Dana is a Jewish feminist, writer and poet. She is passionate about her daughter, love, kindness, spirituality, the artist's voice, and speaking out for the vulnerable. She lives in Music City, Nashville, TN.
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