Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.
I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to.
How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names.
When I joined the freedom movement in Mississippi in my early 20s, it was to come to the aid of sharecroppers, like my parents, who had been thrown off the land they'd always known - the plantations - because they attempted to exercise their 'democratic' right to vote.
Vincent Van Gogh