Racism doesn’t often come with a machete these days but the death of your self-esteem by a thousand cuts can still lead to the murder of your soul.
In 1968, during the administration of US President Lyndon B. Johnson, Eartha Kitt encountered a substantial professional setback after she made anti-war statements during a White House luncheon. Kitt was invited to the White House luncheon and was asked by Lady Bird Johnson about the Vietnam War. She replied: “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot.”
During a question and answer session, Kitt stated:
The children of America are not rebelling for no reason. They are not hippies for no reason at all. We don’t have what we have on Sunset Blvd. for no reason. They are rebelling against something. There are so many things burning the people of this country, particularly mothers. They feel they are going to raise sons — and I know what it’s like, and you have children of your own, Mrs. Johnson — we raise children and send them to war.
Her remarks reportedly caused Mrs. Johnson to burst into tears and led to a derailment in Kitt’s careerSuch a feirce and brave woman. Love Eartha!
none of those guys
ever wrote about
looking into your
at four in the morning
and waking up with
oak trees growing
in their soul.
the other writers you once loved
(This is a poem I wrote last semester that will be published next month in my school’s literary magazine
World’s Oldest Living Person Credits Health to Sushi and Sleep
Born on March 5, 1898, to kimono-makers in Osaka, Japan, 116-year-old Misao Okawa thanks a good night’s sleep and lots of sushi for her health, she told The Telegraph.
“Eat and sleep and you will live a long time,” she told the newspaper. “You have to learn to relax.”