They intrigue me. They mimic other birds as well as sirens, pianos and barking dogs. What if you could imitate anything you heard? You could get people on telephones to talk to you about anything. You could get into voice recognition protected software. You could sing like anyone in the world and probably make a living doing just that. If I were a Mockingbird, Celine Dion...Watch out! The male mockingbird is normally who we hear just singing and singing incessantly with a melody of twenty different bird songs running together. The males who sing into the night are still without a female. They will sing during a full moon. They also have two different songs, one for the fall and one for the spring. Just like we ladies need a black pair of shoes for the fall and a white pair of shoes for the spring.
One of the best American Classics is To Kill a Mockingbird, a sad story about a black man who was convicted of raping and beating a white woman. It was clear that the person who hit the woman was left handed. The black man on trial couldn't use his left hand yet the all white jury were unjust and convicted him anyway. Having kids of color I fear that they will be a victim based on their brown skin like the protagonist in this classic book. So one can understand why I'm protective. I can never bequeath the privileges that are afforded to me for having white skin to my children. I'll die protecting them from being physically hurt by this injustice. As for the psychological scars that the whips of prejudicial injustice make on their lives, I can only be there for comfort. As good of a mama mockingbird as I may be, the right thing to do is to acknowledge that I can't protect them from all pain. I just have to help them process it and learn from it.
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Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don't pretend to understand. ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 9, spoken by the character Atticus
They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience. ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 11, spoken by the character Atticus