Words I Will Never Forget……

Hello Loves,

As heartbroken I have been over the events that took place over the weekend, I think I want to talk about what happened here in Knoxville in response to the horrible violence that happened in Charlottesville, Va.

 

On Sunday a Love rally Organized by the Women’s Coalition of East Tennessee brought over 100 people down to Market Square to take a stand against hate and bigotry.

 

Many speakers were there but one speaker held my attention and said words that I will never forget.

State Representative Rick Staples gave a speech of a lifetime that this blogger is comparing to many civil rights legend’s.

Staples passion for how “we are in dangerous times, not just because we have violence but how people are judged by the color of their skin or who they love” will send chills and tears down your spine.

Staples stood firm in his proclamation that he will not walk away from a challenge, when someone chooses to threaten anyone different because of the color of their skin, who they love or who they vote for. He challenged every elected official to “stop worrying about what the media will say about you or if  it will hurt your next political run” these things shouldn’t even be a thought in your mind then he challenges them to stand up and shut your mouth and open your ears and realize you are there to serve.

 

The whole day was filled with empowering speeches and love songs that as a group we will not let this happen in Knoxville.

 

Sunday was a great showing of how Knoxville may be a little city but we love a whole lot and we will stand firm in that

17 thoughts on “Words I Will Never Forget……

  1. You forgot to mention that this event was organized by Gloria Johnson (who has announced she will challenge Rep Eddie Smith) and that
    Rep Staples referred to the crowd as “sons of b!+Che’s” As “Young Republican Chair” I would hope that you would denounce that statement and that you would support the Republican challenger to Rep Staples and stand behind Rep Eddie Smith.

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  2. And stands up for his district , I also think the world of Eddie Smith and he knows that one has nothing to do with the other. I would hope you are not trying to spew hate on a blog that’s simply trying to show love

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  3. Just musing, isn’t the sentiment of Mr. Stables’ proclamation stating he “will not walk away from a challenge”, the same sentiment as those in Charlottesville? There are those, regrettably, on both sides of these issues whose hearts are so tightly closed that no amount of verbal exchange will penetrate them, if we are unwilling to “walk away from” from them, Charlottesville events occur. The virtue of prudence instructs us to recognize the right TIME to perform the right action. The results of a right action done at the wrong time aren’t much different then doing a wrong action. I propose pride is likely the motive behind “not walking away from a challenge”, not love. (Not knowing Mr. Staples, my comments are certainly not directed at him personally).

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    1. Mr. Staples takes pride in his district and the people that elected him in, his comments where not of hate at all. I feel his point was we will not walk away from this that we will all stand together instead of everyone taking sides, thats how I felt he ment it. I think in our world right now so many people are moving towards hate and I wanted to shine some light on the fact that Knoxville is not like that.

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  4. Just musing, isn’t the sentiment of Mr. Stables’ proclamation stating he “will not walk away from a challenge”, the same sentiment as those in Charlottesville? There are those, regrettably, on both sides of these issues whose hearts are so tightly closed that no amount of verbal exchange will penetrate them, if we are unwilling to “walk away from” from them, Charlottesville events occur. The virtue of prudence instructs us to recognize the right TIME to perform the right action. The results of a right action done at the wrong time aren’t much different then doing a wrong action. I propose pride is likely the motive behind “not walking away from a challenge”, not love. (Not knowing Mr. Staples, my comments are certainly not directed at him personally).

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  5. So are you sating you would not support a republican challenger to Rep Staples? Will you publicly denounce his foul language in his speech? I’m not spewing hate just asking questions.

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  6. What does being a military and law enforcement wife have to do with using foul language in front of children? I know lots of veterans and law enforcement officers that do not use that language. If you need to talk to some one about being abused with this langue I am including the domestic violence hotline link.
    http://www.thehotline.org
    If I’m not mistaken in the YR bylaws as chair you agree to support the republican candidate not the democrat!!!

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    1. Wow! I’m definitely not being abused but thank you so much for using your google skills to research that! And I support Rick Staples end of story. Rick up lifts Knoxville which is what this blog is about thank you have an amazing day!

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    2. As a military member and coming from a law enforcement family, I take no offense to her using us as an example of being exposed to such language. And the use of foul language by no means it an indicator of abuse. She’s not saying that she is being dog cussed at home, just that she has heard it and it doesn’t bother her. As a parent, our children are exposed to foul language and lewd behavior just walking down the street these days. Do you know what any parent that’s worth a damn (oops, I used foul language) does in that situation? Either moves on in hopes that their child missed it (because lets be honest, how many kids are going to hang on every word he said) or address it with something to the effect of “yes honey, he said a bad word. Adults do that sometimes, I’m sorry you had to hear it.”

      For the record, more people respect her for supporting who she feels is best for the job than just voting because they are Republican. It just so happens that her views align with the Republican party. Aren’t you SO lucky to have someone that votes with their mind and not just their party heading up the YR? I sure feel lucky for it.

      While I do see some things in this speech that I wasn’t fond of, the language and his political party are not problems to me.

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  7. So how can you assume a leadership role in the Republican Party if you are supporting the democrat in the state house?

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      1. Oh here’s an idea. If this true conservative has a problem with your voting choices and the leadership role in the Republican Party then he is more than welcome to run for your leadership role, right? I mean, it’s based on voting. If he has a problem with it, vote against it. Otherwise, I think the true conservative is just trolling today.

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  8. So how does Mr.Staples feel about people tearing down or vandalizing monuments and statues because they disagree with it standing?

    I mean, I get that he’s against the violence and really… we all are against the violence. I want to know how he feels about what sparked it. And how does he feel about the whole taking down the “If God is with us…” sign at the police department? I mean, I get he’s county, but does he have an opinion of it?

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