Showing posts from April, 2019

Racism @ Jazz Fest

Racism Today @ Jazz Fest April 28, 2019 I arrive at the main stage seating area, setting up for my wife B and myself.  I tell my neighbors that my wife will be arriving perhaps in 20 minutes, because I walked much faster to save us as good a space as we can get.  B arrives a few minutes later.  We are sitting in identical chairs 4 inches apart on our tarp with an umbrella partially covering me and completely covering B.  Food and water is by both of us. About 90 minutes after my arrival, and 75 minutes after B has arrived, one of our neighbors, a middle aged white woman spoke over B to me, saying: “When is your guest arriving?” I replied telling her that this (B) is my wife.  She replied saying something like: “I must have been in my own world”.  No further conversation over the next 4 hours until now. This is simple, non-vicious RACISM.  People of color are often invisible.  Though this woman meant no harm, B faces this subtle RACISM far too often!!!  It hurts!  No ma

A White Man's Perspective on Racism

Are you racist? White People: 1. Yes - I agree with you.   I know that I am racist.   It is not because I am "worse" than other people. It is not because I am "blatantly racist", like many white nationalists.   I live in a racist world and have learned to be racist, despite a lot that I have done to try to not be racist. 2. No  - I suggest that you start watching at least the beginning of  White Fragility on YouTube. People of Color: 1. Yes - You might want to read my blog writing: Can Black People Be Racist? 2. No - I agree with you.   You can only be racist if you, as a person of color, have power over me, because of your race.   You can treat individual white people unfairly, with hatred or otherwise inappropriately.  That does not make you racist. Should I be working on racism issues in my personal life? White People: 1. Yes - I agree with you. 2. No - I disagree with you.   I do not believe that we will be able to move towards e