One of our main SPACIOUS tenets is that we are FOR things and not AGAINST things. And because of that I almost refrained from posting this op-ed piece from CNN because it got retitled from the title I’ve given this post, above, to a politically motivated title as the day wore on today. And we’re not ever going to be about espousing candidates or parties, nor certainly about criticizing them either. There’s too much that we can all agree on to get into all that.
The author, LZ Granderson, doesn’t speak for me in every word any more than I could do that for him (we don’t know each other anyway). But he does speak for me in the general sentiment and many points expressed in his opinion piece: that there is no shame in being poor, that the poor have made many contributions to our country, that they are not all the same, and that we would do well to empathize and not make assumptions..
I love author and activist Shane Claiborne’s oft-quoted comment that goes something like this: “We all talk about how we care about the poor… but what are the names of the poor we care about?” Boy, has that one statement impacted my life.
And Granderson’s article encourages us to connect to people, if only with eye contact, instead of to think of the generic poor (of whom there are, by the way, 46 million in this country).
I’m heartily recommending this article, and I’d love to have some conversations with people (in fact, I will) about your views on this piece. We may not disagree on it, but we’ll be richer for having the exchanges.
(I’ve taken the image here from Granderson’s twitter feed; he can be found @Locs_n_Laughs)