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Rock theBoat

There comes a time when prayers and meditation just aren’t enough. There comes a time when humor needs to be temporarily sidelined. There comes a time when silence and peace are just too quiet.

I come to you today to stand squarely on the side of the protestors who have taken to the streets across America over the past week to protest the murder of George Floyd, police brutality, and the systemic racism that plagues this nation.

I come to you today to acknowledge that racism is real. Racism is evil.

I come to you today to say out loud, Black Lives Matter.

(If you take offense to my support of Black Lives Matter, I lovingly remind you that that’s your ego making this all about you – and it’s not about you. This is about taking a stand for change. This is about standing in solidarity with our fellow humans.)

One of the Chapters in My Scandalous Little Rule Book is entitled ‘Rock the Boat’ and I’m reading it to you in today’s Jacquie Straight Up video. The reason will be obvious to you

14 Comments
  • Robert
    Posted at 13:53h, 03 June Reply

    So loved hearing this today; thank you Jacquie.

    • Jacquie
      Posted at 10:00h, 04 June Reply

      Thank you Robert. Sending much love to you. XO

  • Dawn
    Posted at 13:57h, 03 June Reply

    Thank you for sharing Jacquie. My heart goes out to you and I’m sorry to hear about your friend Simon. Growing up in Canada, I honestly didn’t experience being raised in any way but to except all people for who they are.
    when I lived in the southern United States for four and a half years I found it a bit of a challenge in a couple of ways. I could feel the history of slavery and I could also hear from friends of mine that were black repeatedly bring it up as if the past was going to be their future. My belief is it’s going to take all of us to take on visualizing a future where everyone has equal opportunity.
    I too was the only woman in a sea of 300 men when I started at University of Calgary in Engineering back in 1981. And it never really bothered me, I knew I was capable. Perhaps I held myself in such a way that I really didn’t catch a lot of slack. when I moved to the United States and completed my degree in Arizona many years later, as I was graduating cum laude, one of the men I will call him a boy in my senior class turned and looked at me and said you got those grades because you slept with your professors. The only time I’ve ever punched somebody was that day. I laid them right out to the applause of everyone around me. I knew what I had done. And I stood up for myself. Much love to you, Dawn.

    • Jacquie
      Posted at 10:01h, 04 June Reply

      Yeah Dawn! You are a strong and powerful woman!! XO

  • Melissa
    Posted at 19:32h, 03 June Reply

    Oh Jaquiie – I’m so sorry about what happened to Simon. Thinking of you today, and thinking of ways to rock the boat.

    • Jacquie
      Posted at 10:02h, 04 June Reply

      Thank you Melissa – And thank you for thinking of ways to rock the boat. Bravo! XO

  • Demar
    Posted at 20:46h, 03 June Reply

    Forget Rock the Boat! Let’s Rock the world! It’s by sharing your story and seeing and confronting racism and apartheid. Standing by and with Simons and the “older man in the convenience store,” you stood for the truth and to doing the right thing. I commend you for that little moment of truth. Deciding to act and have a little moment is what holiness and miracles are made of, according to Matthew Kelly, author of the “Biggest Lie…”. When I met you at the grocery store and took you home, I couldn’t what connection a man of color driving for Uber could have with a relationship coach from South Africa. That question was answered today, hearing your story of racism and how you are ready to “Rock the Boat”. We need more people to stand up and do the right thing even if that means stepping out of our comfort zone. Your story has touched my heart, my soul, and has provided the light forward. Thank you for your courage to express your truth. See you are lovely person! Take care, Jacquie!

    • Jacquie
      Posted at 10:04h, 04 June Reply

      Oh wow Demar! Thank you!! I do not believe in coincidences as you know, and I am so grateful that we met. Thank you for your kind words and for your perspective and YES!! Let’s rock the world with truth and love! XO

  • Caro
    Posted at 22:36h, 03 June Reply

    Thank you for sharing this important message through your moving story Jacquie. We must rock the boat.

    • Jacquie
      Posted at 10:06h, 04 June Reply

      Thank you Caro! Yes we must. And thank you for taking a stand against racism in your newsletter this week. You inspired me to speak up. XO

  • Karen
    Posted at 13:37h, 04 June Reply

    Powerful story, my friend. Thank you so much for sharing.
    I have been having a hard time finding the words to address this horrible reality that we live in. I don’t see colour when I look at people. I see smiles. I see kindness. I see character. When I don’t like someone, it has nothing to do with what they look like on the outside, and everything to do with who they are on the inside. So, it blows my mind when I hear the many stories of racism … my mind has never worked the way the minds of racist people work … I just don’t understand it at all.
    I am so sorry about your friend, Simon.
    Know that you are inspiring so many people to be better versions of themselves. Hugs to you (I can’t wait until we can actually hug again!)

    • Jacquie
      Posted at 18:05h, 07 June Reply

      Aww, thank you so much Karen! You are an amazing human and I’m looking so forward to that hug! XO

  • Garth
    Posted at 20:30h, 06 June Reply

    Golly that was powerful
    Thank you for posting

    • Jacquie
      Posted at 18:05h, 07 June Reply

      Wow, Thank you Garth! XOXO

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