@Herschel Walker – I love you, Man!

Herschel Walker, a professional athlete in boxing, posted his opinion on Twitter. Among other responses, was a black man calling him, “White Washed”.

Why is a call to action for a review to ensure FAIR elections, prompting hatred by men from his own culture? And why is it that being called white-washed ok in this “super-sensitive politically correct” world?

As an Alaska Native (Inupiaq and Yupik) woman, people tiptoe around the word Eskimo. My Tribe is the Nome Eskimo Community.

If white people can’t say, ‘colored’, ‘eskimo’, or other words, how is it that this person feels entitled, justified, applauded, and areared by calling his fellow man, “white-washed?”.

The Democratic Party is not the black party. The Republican Party is not the white party.

Published by Trudy Sobocienski

My blog, "Beyond Leadership" is a creative place to share my personal feelings and thoughts while working in leadership roles for a variety of Alaska Native organizations, both for and not-for profit entities. An incredible leader and mentor of mine once asked while we were in Washington, DC, "What happened to you between the ages of 7-10 that motivated you to serve in a native leadership capacity". I was struck by that poignant thought and as such, include actual entries from my mother and my diaries beginning in the early 1970's. I enjoy sharing these excerpts because it captures the parallels she and I were experiencing throughout life, from two separate worldviews. Hers as a young mother of four and mine as her eldest child. I have never came across a book on leadership that lays bare a leaders personal feelings, thoughts, hopes, fears and dreams they were experiencing. So for me, my goal is two-fold: 1. Share the incredible life my parents created for my siblings and I growing up in remote Alaska; and, 2) Sharing my humanity, through my personal diaries and journals, while serving as the youngest-ever President/CEO for the Alaska Native Health Board. There are passages that will include significant policy issues I was working on throughout my career and travels. There are many more passages that do not. I cannot speak for my mom's passages, because I am reading them as I share them here, with you; with her permission of course.

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