Shifts, Susurrations, & Social Media
The value of a curated news and information feed has never been more evident than in recent conversations with my father. Eric W. Springer, Esq. is an erudite attorney, amateur historian and artist who has given a lifetime of service to communities advancing progressive reform. Son of a labor activist, Maida Springer and mentored through life by a saint, Pauli Murray, he is a stunning conversationalist.
Information moves so quickly now. Gone are the days one could derive comprehensive information from a handful of sources. And as a result, my relationship with my father is shifting. I have a phrase I use often. “Every parent is a home educator, whether they accept full responsibility for that or not.” As my relationship shifts with my father, I’m beginning to know I came to that understanding because my parents after-schooled me. They never let me wholly consume the inaccurate presentations of history in school. They never allowed me to parrot the racist, sexist or even homophobic antics of my contemporaries and teachers. Even as I grew into myself as a mother, an artist and an activist, I turned to my father. He was my definitive sounding board for all socio-political thought, movements and even culture. That has changed.
A few years ago, my Dad questioned Winston about something. (I don’t remember what it was because I didn’t blog it.) My son glibly responded, “Oh, Grandad, we’re doing just what you and Grandmother taught us, being independent, free-thinking people. We’ve moved past respectability Politics.”
As my son explained to him what Respectability Politics are, his eyes got wider.