- Racism, Bigotry and Hate.
prejudice, discrimination, opposition or active hostility which is
directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that
one’s own race is superior to another race or races.
Bigotry is intolerance
toward those who hold different opinions from oneself. One who regards
or treats the members of a group (such as a racial or ethnic group)
with hatred and intolerance.
Hate is a feeling of intense
or passionate dislike for someone, usually deriving from fear, anger,
or a sense of injury; extreme dislike or disgust; to feel intense
dislike for someone.
John F. Kennedy, 35th President
nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was
founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the
rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are
Ronald Reagan, 40th President
like to address a few remarks to those groups who still adhere to
senseless racism and religious prejudice. I would say to them you are
the ones who are out of step with society, you are the ones who
willfully violate the meaning of the dream that is America, and this
country because of what it stands for will not stand for your conduct."
George H. Bush, 41st President
we’ll keep on working to create a climate of understanding and
tolerance, a climate that refuses to accept racism, bigotry,
anti-semitism, and hate of any kind any time, anywhere."
Barack Obama, 44th President
the (Confederate) flag from this state’s capitol would not be an act of
political correctness, it would not be an insult to the valor of
confederate soldiers. It would simply be an acknowledgement that the
cause for which they fought, the cause of slavery was wrong."
(Source: How past U.s. presidents have addressed racism and bigotry, CBS This Morning, August 17, 2017)
- Racism and religious discrimination often occur
because of assumptions which are made because of a person's background,
or appearance, or religion, or a different way of thinking. Some fear
people whom they don't know and who believe things that are different.
One solution is to interact more with each other, increasing our
knowledge and getting to know about one another to make the unfamiliar
more familiar. We can all learn to treat others with dignity, when we
take the time to learn about our neighbors, their beliefs, and their
Many years ago, a young boy visited his uncle who
worked in the lumber business. They were looking at the trees in the
lumber camp, when the boy noticed a very tall tree standing alone on the
hilltop. Full of excitement the boy showed his uncle the towering
tree. "Look at that big tree!" he exclaimed. "It will make a lot of
good lumber, won't it."
To the boy's surprise, his uncle shook
his head. "No," he said. "That tree will not make a lot of good lumber.
It might make a lot of lumber, but not a lot of good lumber. When a
tree grows off by itself, too many branches grow on it. Those branches
produce knots when the tree is cut into the lumber. The best lumber
comes from trees that grow together in groves. The trees also grow
taller and straighter when they grow together."
It is true of
trees, and it is true of each of us. We grow into better people when we
grow together rather than alone. While there is value in independence,
there are also critical lessons to learn from interdependence. The
personal growth that comes from giving and receiving help can happen in
no other way. We were not meant to be solitary, to stand alone, apart
from one another. We need other people to love and care about, and we
thrive when others love and care about us. Each one of us is needed, and
each one of us has something to offer. Together we are better than we
would be alone.
All around us are those who are lonely, those
who need a friend, a word of encouragement, a kind outreach. So many
people are looking for the light of love and the warmth of friendship.
We can resolve not to let them stand alone in the dark or the cold. We
can reach out to them. We can take an interest in them and include
them. We can help them stand taller and grow straighter; and like trees
that grow in groves, we will find that we too can stand taller and grow
straighter. This is what happens when trees and people grow together.
(Lloyd Newell, Music and the Spoken Word, February 26, 2017k)
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Our Mission is to identify and address racial disparities through a variety of community efforts, which include education, advocacy, research, community engagement, impacting policy, and challenging existing organizations and structures.