An American Eulogy

Karinvk
Posted September 20, 2020
1930"s New York- The Great Depression

On September 18, 2020 Ruth Bader Ginsberg died. She was 87. She has left behind a stunning legacy of legal opinions that changed the political and social face of America. She gifted us with a historical foundation and direction for “equal rights”. She guided us to the concept of social “inclusiveness.” Ruth Bader Ginsberg spoke where others feared to speak. Her dissents were as powerful as her decisions.

She was not born “privileged”. She was born, simply, American. A childhood in 1933 Brooklyn, New York was diverse and hard. Families struggled through the Great Depression. Homeless tents, known as “Hooverville’s” ranged the streets. Work was hard to find, food was scarce and women had very few rights. The Great Depression was shadowed by WWII. The men, from all the racial neighbourhoods of New York, left to fight and die. They died as, Americans. The women were left to carry on alone. They reached out across the communities, as Americans, to survive. Together.

This is the history that created Ruth Bader Ginsberg. These were her roots. This was the ground where her life grew and her beliefs bloomed. Watching women, of all races struggle to raise their families. Watching men, of all ethnicities struggle to find work to feed their families. Having nights of hunger. The second daughter of working class parents, her mother worked in a garment factory and died of cancer the day after she graduated high school.

Our past is imprinted on our future. “RBG”” is mourned not for her struggles. She was never a victim. She will be missed sorely, for her monumental hope in the positive progress of society. Her belief that a woman, or anyone, could make a positive social change for everyone.

Her landmark decisions did not “qualify” diversity or social justice. They defined the idea of equality. Her dissents and decisions projected respect for all people, inclusively.

Protests are roiling through our cities, as right wing clashes with left and communities divide along black and white lines. We must grieve the loss of a voice that led us, through historical legal challenges into successful and national social change. We have lost a voice as equally poignant and inclusive as Martin Luther Kings’.

We are deprived, as a nation, a voice that was not afraid to stand alone in defence of justice. In this moment, across our differences, stop and and give thanks. Respect. Give her that. We know what she did for all of us, regardless of our ethnic, sexual or economic background. For the inclusive belief she showed in us. Respect.

Our wounded nation is floundering., Chaotic, divided and internally destructive. We have lost faith in our leaders, our communities, our selves. We have forgotten our own history. Every minute it is re-written by attention grabbing negative social media snaps. Political maliciousness. Match sticks lighting hate, not hope. Respect has left the field.

I mourn Ruth Bader Ginsberg. A great human, who believed and stood for All of us. With respect.

LandMark Cases: • United States v. Virginia, 1996. (Gender Education Exclusivity) • Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 2007. (Gender Pay Discrimination) • Shelby County v Holder., 2013 (Minority Voting Rights) • Sessions v Dimaya., 2018 (Immigrant Rights) • Obergefell v. Hodges, 2015. (Marriage Rights for Same Sex Couples) • Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, 2016. • Olmstead v. L.C., 1999.

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Jill Langhus
Sep 21
Sep 21

Hello Karin,

How are you doing? Thanks for this lovely tribute, and synopsis, of the formidable Ruth's amazing life and work! It is an interesting time in history, for sure.

Hope you have a great week!

Karinvk
Sep 21
Sep 21

Thank you JIll. I couldn't sort out the spacing so it jumbled together abit. Yes, she was an amazing woman and will be missed on so many levels. Stay safe and well.
Hope you have a lovely day.

Jill Langhus
Sep 23
Sep 23

You're welcome, dear.

Was this a mobile phone challenge, or desktop?

Agreed.

You, too!!

XX

Karinvk
Sep 23
Sep 23

It actually jumbled when I moved it onto Pulse. Fiddled with it but couldn't find the way to sort it before it published. :) Have a wonderful evening ahead! Stay safe and well.

Jill Langhus
Sep 25
Sep 25

Oh, I see. You can always go back in and select the "edit" tab, though, even after it's published, FYI.

Hope you have a great weekend.

You, too!

Hello, Karin,

Thank you for honoring Ruth's life and work. It's amazing how one woman can influence change that we reap until this day. Imagine if we all work together with the same dedication and passion she had. May she rest in power.

Nini Mappo
Sep 22
Sep 22

Hello Karin,
What a life well lived! It is mind blowing to think that one woman accomplished so much, and changed her country and the lives of her people in so many ways. I am glad that she lived a whole fulfilling life, even though she is not here any more.
Thank you for introducing her to us.

Karinvk
Sep 24
Sep 24

Thanks for reading Nini. Hope you have a wonderful week. Hugs

Shirin Dalaki
Sep 27
Sep 27

Hello Karin,

Welcome to World Pulse. Thank you for your lovely tribute. I mourn her too. it is hard to wrap my mind around it ... and all I can do is to tell as many people as I can about her so that people know how she changed the history by just being simple and speaking the truth. As she said enduring change comes one step at a time.

Shirin

Karinvk
Sep 29
Sep 29

Thank you Shirin, so appreciate input and comments from my readers. Yes, we must tell the good stories to give hope.