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A Change in Perspective

Welcome to the third issue of ATWC an Ezine for writers of color. 

For those of you who are receiving your third issue, glad you're still with us. To the newbies, welcome aboard!

I know it's been a long unscheduled hiatus, for which I do apologize. 

A hiatus caused by virus problems,
a new and demanding job, and my propensity for over scheduling.  I must also admit that the break stretched a little longer than was necessary due to the email I received right before I was virally sidelined.  Even though I felt I'd successfully rebutted the question of racism with regard to the purpose of this newsletter, the unsettled feeling remained with me like a bad taste in my mouth.

Why?  Perhaps because the accusation acted like Wonder Woman's golden lasso. Remember that?  The lasso would force truth from the one bound no matter what his inclination, and when her bullet-repelling bracelets were held together by the same lasso, the woman of wonder would become just like any other woman--vulnerable to the strength of her opponent.

At that point in the show, I'd usually stand up and become quite vocal in my encouragement.  I'd exhort Wonder Woman to break the bond of the lasso, twist and turn until she could slip her hands out of the ropes, and then begin the booty-kicking!  As a thirteen year old fan, I didn't yet know that strength takes many forms.   Strength of will, strength of mind, strength of character, and strength of purpose, to name a few.

So ... what truth was I bound to?  The truth that, for a brief moment, I did enjoy the power of yay or nay over the Caucasian reporter?  Maybe.  The truth is that no matter how gifted a writer I may be, no matter how many degrees I may attain, after all the research is done and the dust settles, there are some assignments to which I just won't be able to do justice. The subject matter will not have been a part of my reality, and therefore I have no frame of reference.  A bitter pill to swallow ... but true, nevertheless.

Somewhere along the way, I realized that my disquiet wasn't really about the accusation, but about my purpose, my ability to stay focused and see this project through.  For a brief moment, I forgot that this endeavor wasn't about me, but about avid readers and talented writers both in search of material and opportunities.

A marvelous thing ... perspective.

To Your Success,
Dee
D.S. White
Founder and Editorial Director

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We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work  together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. ~~Romans 8:28 (Amplified Version)

(IN OTHER WORDS: See our adversity as an opportunity to
fine tune our character. We are more than conquerors.)

Please forward letters to the Editor

D.S. White
P.O. Box 145
Whitehall, PA  18052-0145

or write to editor@atwc1.com

 

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