Bridget Brewster Discovers Village Benefits
Rumor of Humor #16
Communications Project with Cal State LA
One Villager's Story
Pasadena Area Liberal Arts Center
Pasadena Village Responds to Rainbow Flag Burning at Pasadena Buddhist Temple
Plan Ahead - And Be Prepared
Tuesday, May 23 Pasadena Celebrated Older Americans
Reparations, Social Justice Activity
Rumor of Humor #14
Rumor of Humor #13
Science Monday - Review of Meeting on April 10, 2023
Conversations Re African American Artists Before 1920
Beyond the Village – Suzi and Phil Hoge
Congratulations Wayne April! Honored at UNH
Volunteer Appreciation at the Village
“ACCIDENTAL HOST—The Story of Rat Lungworm Disease”
Pasadenans Recent Experience With Racism
Recent Events Reflecting Racism
Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Photography for Social Justice
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - Catherine Deely
Creative Writing in Older Adults
Gifts of Love
Great Decisions update
Dominion Lawsuit, South Africa and 710 Stub
2023 DEI Progress
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - Doug Colliflower
CONVERSATIONS WITH ART
OLDER ADULTS RESOURCE FAIR
The Important, Influential Books in our Lives - Revisited
History, Resolution of the 710 Freeway
Eminent Domain, 710 Highway
Bernard Garrett, 710 Freeway
Men's Times Gatherings
Pasadena's Senior Commission
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - JIM HENDRICK
GRATITUDE - IT'S GOOD FOR YOU!
JEFF GUTSTADT - FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST
Bernard Garrett, Incredible Black Entrepreneur
What is the "Spirit Talk" Group About?
Same Ol’ New Year, Brand New Me
Review of 2022, Consideration of 2023
BEYOND THE VILLAGE - PATTI LA MARR
FROM THE CHAIR
WALK WITH EASE
What makes a racist?By Richard Myers
Racism has now become a major matter for discussion, the subject for articles, books, podcasts, and media treatment. I used to think I could identify the racists. They were the ones who spoke the “n-word with ease, spoke of minorities as "those people” and categorized them with universal deficiencies and faults. Racists were “opposed” to black people.
But I grew up in Chicago “in a white neighborhood”. I was early aware of where Black people lived and it was called “the slums”. They weren’t “supposed" to live in my neighborhood. I was a Catholic, and, as far as I knew, only white people were Catholics. I went to an elite high school and there was only one Black student in my four years, and he was a friend, but considered an exception. And my family was poor and immigrant, but we were white. And that made a difference. That made us superior to black people in our eyes and the eyes of our neighbors. I grew up racist! My parents were immigrants from Ireland and didn’t know what to make of this new world. They didn’t want to “fight over the bottom rung”, so we didn’t use the n-word and we kept our thoughts to ourselves. But our little world was racist. I was “trained” to be a racist.
A definition of racism I found calls it a combination of systems, institutions and factors that advantage white people and cause widespread harm to people of color and disadvantages in access and opportunity. It is grounded in the history of our laws and institutions which were created on a foundation of white supremacy. I have been part of the systems, belonged to the institutions, and enjoyed those factors for 87 years. I’ve enjoyed the fruits of racism.
I have two dearest African grandchildren who were adopted from Sierra Leone, now in their early twenties, and trying to cope with their transition from a childhood in a friendly white suburb to an adulthood in a confusing and contentious racist urban world that they have to learn to navigate on their own. And I have Black friends whom I love who have never confronted me with belonging to the enemy camp.
And I have been running hard all my adult life to keep ahead of this strange reality that has been my racist life.
How about yourself?
- John Tuite -