Thank you, Amy Cooper.

20 Oct

Dear Amy, thank you for being your racist authentic self, for you have helped to be an ugly reminder of why white people need to sustain some heavy lifting towards equity and antiracism work. Amy, your actions clearly displayed how white supremacy works and sustains itself in the United States, and how it has worked this way for over four hundred years.

Amy Cooper deliberately called the police to report a lie about a black man–a lie she knew would garner her the support of the police to uphold white supremacy. Amy knows how racism works and how the system of racism works in the United States. Consequently, what is revealed by Ms. Cooper’s actions is the very ugly truth of what it means to be black in the US. Sadly, Ms. Cooper’s behavior has only been encouraged and modeled by, what I hope is the, Last Confederate President. Trump has praised Nazis, displayed horrific homophobia, and modeled unacceptable racism! While this cruelty/sociopathy plays well with his base, it is no longer selling in a country that knows it can do better and is tired of be divided by the Great Man Baby!

On a side note, forgive me readers for my extended absence and thank you for the cards and texts of support. I’m afraid the cancer has spread again and alas, we are running out of options. As I face my mortality and reflect upon who I am and what my character says about me, I am compelled to try to keep up with the blog again. Given the last month, my motivation can at times override my pain. I want to leave the world better than how I found it.

It is imperative that everyone understand the definition of racism, Defining Racism in the United States: A Starting Point. Yes, that means that there is no such thing as reverse racism. Understanding the definition allows us all to change the system and reflect on Micro level, Mezzo level, and Macro level racism. I hope it also underscores why we have to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Notice, it does not say only black lives matter. While I agree that all lives matter, I want to call attention to the fact that black lives are being intentionally impacted disproportionately by murder, as are native lives. For me, it is like “all buildings matter” while one of the buildings is on fire, but we only devote resources to the building NOT on fire.

I am so grateful for all of the protests throughout the country, especially all of the action being taken during the pandemic, COVID 19, although it is particularly disconcerting to live in Portland and be attacked by the Federal government because we hold different views from Trump. I only hope we can sustain this energy until we change the systems that reinforce racism and white supremacy. This is especially tragic when we have a complete void of leadership of how to navigate a pandemic, but rather we witness a petulant liar — don’t forget to drink your daily dose of bleach boys and girls. I must confess that when I learned that Trump has COVID, I did send my thoughts and prayers to the COVID Virus.

As Sweet Honey in the Rock says in Ella’s Song: “Until the killing of black men, black mother’s sons, is as important as the killing of white men, white mother’s sons.”

Finally, for this post, please register to vote and demand a mail in ballot, as Trump did.

P.S. Thank you readers for being so patient with me. Sadly, I still have cancer and it is worse than just a year ago, but I remain hopeful and I remain in a place of gratitude! With great love, Michael.


17 Responses to “Thank you, Amy Cooper.”

  1. Mary Russell October 20, 2020 at 10:59 am #

    Words are useless from me to you at this time. But your words are so important to all of us readers. So thank you. Michael Hulshof-Schmidt

    Mary Lou Russell New York City

    On Tue, Oct 20, 2020 at 10:55 AM Social Justice For All wrote:

    > Michael Hulshof-Schmidt posted: “Dear Amy, thank you for being your racist > authentic self, for you have helped to be an ugly reminder of why white > people need to sustain some heavy lifting towards equity and antiracism > work. Amy, your actions clearly displayed how white supremacy works a” >

  2. Dr. Rex October 20, 2020 at 11:22 am #

    My dearest Michael … I’m here, thinking about you, been missing you!! Good to see you here but not with the news of your medical status. As I retired physician, I think I know what you know. You’ve always been a bright spot in our ‘sphere’, a very unique human. And Robert stands with you … you are the people we need!! Tight hugs, dear one … stay strong!! Hugs … ❤ …

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 20, 2020 at 12:39 pm #

      Horty, I miss you so much! You are so dear and such a treasure! I must confess, I hate being this sick. I love you and thank you for all of your support and love!

      • Dr. Rex October 20, 2020 at 12:56 pm #

        Please, know that if there’s anything I can do for you and Robert … I’m here and on FB. If you want to contact me through FB also … I’m here and I care!! ❤ … if you need a call I can send my number!!

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 20, 2020 at 5:43 pm #

        I will have Robert send you our phone number!

      • Dr. Rex October 20, 2020 at 8:08 pm #

        OK … will do!! You take care. He can send me a FB message! ❤ …

  3. Dr. Rex October 20, 2020 at 11:24 am #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Who can forget this Amy Cooper? The complete personification of the ugly head that has surfaced? It’s alive and well … sad to see and sad to say!!

  4. Xena October 21, 2020 at 5:34 am #

    Michael, it’s GREAT hearing from you. Sorry to hear about the cancer, and I hesitate writing the following because I don’t want to sound like I’m giving advice and certainly not anything that you might have already tried. Have you tried ground ginger? A teaspoon a day, dissolved in water, milk or juice. When I read the professional reports on it and cancer, I started taking it and along with the chemo, I was NED in 2 months. This was after being given a death sentence by my oncologist.

    It’s good that you remain hopeful and I’m sending you good vibes and tight hugs.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 21, 2020 at 6:40 am #

      Hi Xena, thank you for all of your support and for the recommendation. I do love ginger! I shall try it. xoxo, Michael.

  5. Karen Weeks October 24, 2020 at 8:59 pm #

    So much to love in you and this post! You are in my thoughts often, dear Michael; I am you in the light.

  6. Gary Hollander November 1, 2020 at 5:01 am #

    Thank you, Michael. I love your writing and perspective as much or more than ever.

  7. Lauren Stoner November 14, 2020 at 9:00 pm #

    It’s so nice to hear your voice, Michael. I’ve been thinking about you. Xo

  8. Shawn Morgan January 18, 2021 at 9:15 am #


    Once again, you have nailed it. I’m thinking back to the day we met over 20 years ago. That very moment, I knew you would be a light in a very dark place for many of us subjected to homophobia, racism, xenophobe and the like.

    I’ve been blessed to learn so much from you over the years. I’m grateful for having the time to learn and grow from your positive influence.

    I’m also saddened to know about the C word and how it is taking over your body. I’m angry. Actually pissed off.

    I read once your lucky to have one best friend in your lifetime. I’m working to hold on to that. We’ve laughed together. Cried. You’ve pushed me to be the person I am today.

    I wish I was in Portland right now. We love you!

    “Never underestimate the valuable and important difference you make in every life you touch for the impact you make today has a powerful rippling effect on every tomorrow.” Leon Brown

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