Yes, there is a way to do it and I will tell you exactly what it is

Hint: Not like that. | Image by WikimediaImages from Pixabay

Full disclosure: I’m white but not the right kind of white.

I’m Eastern European, which in the age-old game of “Who’s More Superior” passes as barely-white. Still, Eastern Europeans and Slavs are proud participants in this game and have achieved incredible feats in racism.

In my home country, Bulgaria, you…

It makes us look bad. Have some sympathy

A Trump rally in Cincinnati | 2019 | Picture by Leah Millis | Reuters

I can hear the collective sigh of exasperation all the way over from the other side of the political spectrum.

“Aren’t we already talking about racial injustice enough?”

“Isn’t this all we talk about?”

The problem is not that there’s too much talking. It’s that there’s not enough listening.

In…

Even though there are many other examples of pure evil

Brandenburg Gate | Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Many things existed before Hitler came into power. Here are a few.

  • Racism
  • Bigotry
  • The desire of human beings to feel superior to others
  • Genocide
  • Internment in labor and death camps
  • Dictatorships and tyranny
  • Hunger for war, glory, and conquest
  • Cruelty
  • Systemic dehumanization of others

AAll of these have existed…

I haven’t had to worry about him for 12 years but I did have to worry about myself.

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay

Mondays always stood out in my relationship with my ex. He was addicted to diazepam and would take a dozen pills once a week — on a Monday.

Initially, I dreaded Mondays. The diazepam removed all personality from him — he was blank, idle, barely conscious. …

Understanding the “Socialist” in Hitler’s National Socialist Party

Public Domain Image of Adolf Hitler | Edited by author: Armband Swastika vs Hammer and Sickle

“It’s in the name,” people point out. “Nazi” is short for Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, which translates to National Socialist German Workers’ Party.

But it’s more than just the name.

TThe party elevated the concept of Volksgemeinschaft (people’s community), increased the power of government, and had very prominent members who advocated…

Next time you point a finger, point it accurately

Public Domain Images of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin | Collage by author

“Communism lives. This is what it does to people.”

TThat caption was posted by an Evangelical Christian friend of mine, from a Southern US state, as she shared a video of several Roma families being forcefully evicted from a homeless center in my home country, Bulgaria.

I am friends with…

Humanity is found where we deny it

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“You turn into a different person the moment we walk out the door,” my boyfriend told me once, soon after he arrived in my native country.

“How so?”

“You’re on edge. You harden up. As if you’re expecting something bad to happen.”

Hearing this was one of those eye-opening moments…

Martina Petkova

I tell stories about history and the human psyche.

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