A Coincidence of Strange: Is There Synchronicity in the Recent Alignment of Luther Strange, Doctor Strange, Dr. Strangelove & Taking a Knee?
Synchronicity is the word Carl Jung coined to describe meaningful coincidence. In his lexicon, coincidence was meaningful when contents from your unconscious mind (dreams) lined up in an unmissable and non-causal way with events in your waking life. Bottom line: When this happens, you should pay attention. The Universe may be trying to tell you something.
Perhaps you already know that a new edition of Lawrence Otis Graham’s provocative 2009 bestseller, Our Kind of People, was published not too long ago. The book deals with class distinctions among African-Americans and the issue of “passing for white.” I learned about the updated edition from my daily Delancey Place newsletter, but I remember the original book well. It resonated with me. And still does. Not only because I grew up hearing the term passant blanc (passing for white, passer pour le blanc) from my New Orleans relatives, but also because I lived in Atlanta when segregation obscured the fact that black communities were often divided along class lines.
No doubt about it—this was wrong. But more than that, it was taboo. Not even the play of light that turned Syl’s gilt-edged movie poster into a marquee could change that. When the sun struck the frame in a certain way, as it did now, the image seemed lit from within. Optical illusion. Nothing more. Still, the phenomenon uplifted him. Added a dose of reassurance to the otherwise unacceptable. But right was right, and wrong was wrong. And this was most certainly wrong. Improper. Unacceptable. Taboo.
That was not how either of them saw it, of course. But other people, whoever they were. Well.
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