As promised, I’ve returned to Zebra-Press to get a few thoughts down. One of the problems, and reasons our posting slowed waaaaaay down, (okay stopped) was that issues, topics didn’t pop to mind often enough. If this was a blog about, say, Michael Jackson— coming up with stuff over the last bunch of months would be easy. But our topic– Interracialism isn’t exactly on everyone’s minds these days.
Now I know you’re probably thinking, Topic shouldn’t need to be on everyone’s mind– just some local loyalists. Oh. You’ weren’t thinking that? I guess that was me then. Then I agree with me. How very astute I am! This is a blog. It needn’t have “mass” appeal. Just appeal enough for the good few who check in here.
My apologies again for the aloud thinking… and for yet another public apology. But I did want to sort of warn that today’s (first real) post (back) may be a bit of a winding road. So off we go…
My wife and I are considering writing a book about: 1) Interracial Relationships, and 2) our Relationship, although we haven’t yet decided which, (1 or 2) we will focus on more. We have begun some preliminary research, and there is no shortage of material “out there,” difficulty will be sifting through it all; finding our focus (and voice); and, this should come as no shock– staying on track! Yeah good luck on that one I can almost hear you saying. Oh– that was me again. Oh, okay and you way over there in the corner in the U.K., I see your cyber-raised hand. Yeah, I know it’ll be a stretch for us. But we’re supposed to stretch in life. Helps us live-grow-thrive.
I mention this very stretchy, lofty goal of ours not to make the public commitment goal-gurus suggest we should make before embarking, but because I / we’d love to have some of you come along with us on our book journey; that is, there might be a place in our discussions for a story of yours– or an anecdote, or, (with your permission of course) your accounts about what a “Zebra” life is all about. And what it’s not about. Who knows? Maybe the opportunity to share 5-minutes of your passion as we do here, and hope to do on a little bigger scale someday soon.
As I’ve said, we’re really in the very early stages of thinking and working on this. And admittedly, this has to be something mostly from us. But I can not envision such an effort happening without significant input from others like us. I’m thinking that effort might be in the form of survey questions, funny or uplifting stories, maybe an ugly scary story about racism. From the get-go here we’ve welcomed your input on all of this– that will continue– with arms wide open. If you are interested in possibly sharing a line or two for inclusion in, who-knows-what-we-may-end-up-with, please contact us via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, while that is simmering, we are serious about reviving ZebraCouple’s (Blogging in Beautiful Blah-Blah-Blah) Weblog. That will continue. Hopefully we (looking not just at you know U.K., using super-cyber vision to look all around the globe <wow! Lots of Interracial Couples on the planet. WOO HOO! Way to go!!>) can build this spot back up, and even stronger, bigger (faster) (Remember Lee Majors as the Six Million Dollar Man?) Sorry.
We can do this. All of this. Refocusing now, (like the laser beam that threatened Earth in that one $6mm Man episode) Sorry again.
One last FYI and note: Previous posts have discussed some…. welcomed I’m sure…. and certainly never discouraged ANYONE from visiting and commenting here in ZebraLand. Inclusiveness has to be a hallmark of this site. But I’d like to spend a line or two (or three) at this point on a caveat: Going forward, I’d really like our blog to stick to her Black-White Roots (Thanks Alex Hailey)– that is– we are an Interracial couple of the Black-White variety. I learned very early on here that that means so much more from that global perspective. And I’d never really thought about that before, what with my little Mid-Western perspective here. I am thankful for the many comments and check-ins we’ve received from everyone… from all the different colored Dots and ethnicities around the sphere. Going forward we’re certainly not going to close anyone out. But while (I suppose) there are Interracial issues everywhere, the kinds of issues we know, and seem to discuss here, (Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle, L.A., etc) — I don’t believe anyway– are the kinds of concerns or topics a Japanese woman with an Englishman– or an Indian woman with an African man for examples would care much to discuss. Again, I for surely wouldn’t discourage anyone from checking us out. I just want to reiterate that the focus here will be back to Black and White (you know– like the Zebra) issues. Not to be snobbish, or divisive (if that’s even possible in an IR Blog), it’s just what we know best. We’ve said this before, we’re neither relationship nor Interracial experts. But we’re learning. So much for that. (Kicking the soap box back into the corner.)
We have some other thoughts and ideas about Black-White Interracialism in our heads too that we’ll be working on, but as always, please send us your thoughts on ANY of this dribble. Your ideas, comments, and suggestions too on how we can make this a better place in cyber space for people who don’t have the same color face. Ha ha– a little bad poetry for enjoyment before I go.
Thanks for checking us out. Thanks in advance for taking the time to leave a comment or three. Don’t be such a stranger! Come back. Take part in this. It’s the Internet for Pete’s sake, it’s supposed to be INTERACTIVE. (Okay, maybe not quite that “interactive.”) ZebraCouple’s Weblog: Interracially Interactive & Intelligent. There. Now I can leave you with a joke: What’s black and white and has three eyes (“I”s)?
You know how some people close notes and letters with the word, ‘Peace? I’ve just come up with a totally unique and appropriate closing for our posts…