Over the last week there were a series of hate speech and symbols sprayed in our community. This was the topic on "Star Newsmakers" Joe Brown and Randy Ertll with Brian Charles and Frank Girardot. This morning a forum took place at the Rose Bowl. Chief Sanchez shared more details about the cases and because he is a thoughtful man - some meaningful reflections. I'm sure others were thoughtful, too.
Pasadena has had continued if uncomfortable conversations around race. Not surprising since our local history includes roots in the U.S. /Mexican War and the Civil War.
forum this morning, if I were a lesbian, I might wonder where my community fits into this conversation. I've seen only peripheral acknowledgement re: homophobic graffiti. And yet the hate spewed is every bit as painful.
Perhaps it's my training as a teacher and as an anti bias facilitator that has me a bit more focused on the broader sense of "isms". Prejudice based on age, education, linguistic expression, orientation, and yes, racism share a common element of ignorance.
So while I might go to a discussion or two and heartily participate, I think much of my work is done here at my computer where I research and write about what I am learning of our shared history. It is my way of contributing to a different sort of conversation. One that offers yet another means to chip away at bigotry and hate.