Better watch out the kids are coming


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  3. by   CATHYW
    all the way through. This sounds like a good program. I think I saw it featured on Primetime, 20/20, 48 hours, something like that, with subsequent interviews with some of the kids who participated. We can only hope that the seeds that are being sown will take root and sprout, and flourish.

    We are light years ahead of where we were when I was a kid. In 1967 I attended school with black students for the first time. It was a jolt for all of us, but one that I think we handled very well, for a southern school. We never had any fights over race, but boys fought over girls all the time! In 1968 our stsudent council president was a black fellow. Today, things are so integrated and much more equal (compared to back then) that blacks sometimes practice reverse discrimination, giving us a taste of our own medicine. I actually remember our society when black folks did not speak to whites unless spoken to first. So-while there is a long way to go, we have come quite a long way. Hopefully our kids and grandkids will do better than we have when it comes to tolerance and acceptance.
  4. by   nurs4kids
    Originally posted by Cathy Wilson, RN
    Hopefully our kids and grandkids will do better than we have when it comes to tolerance and acceptance.
    That is one of my biggest prayers. I was born in '67, so I don't remember the integration of the schools, but I do remember there being racial problems in the high school when I was still in elementary school. One big problem I see now and I really don't know how we will ever overcome is the racism exhibited by BOTH races. I live in a small rural area that is probably 70:30 white to black. Right next to us and our major business area is a city that was once a booming city occupied by whites. The city has deteriorated and whites moved out, blacks moved in. The whites that remained are so damn prejudice and hateful to the blacks. The blacks, over time, have come to hold that same prejudice with all whites. Soooo, you go to the grocery store, the clerk throws you attitude simply d/t your skin color. My in-laws live in the middle of this city and they are probably the minority there. If I'm getting out of my car and a black teen walks down the street and I speak, he looks at me like I'm possessed. I'm sure this is due to classical conditioning. Now, I work in B'ham, 30 miles away; the blacks and whites there are totally different. They (for the most part) are very accepting of one another. It's amazing, like in 30minutes you've driven from one country to another. I used to argue against racism with my in-laws and they once said, "but the blacks in Bessemer are different from those in Birmingham". I laughed at them. Then I moved closer to Bessemer and started doing business in Bessemer and BAM, in my face was the truth. So, here is racism in it's finest form perpetuated by BOTH races...
    How do we ever break that barrier??? Maybe the kids IS where it all begins. BUT, if they're teaching their kids hatred (and they are) and we're teaching ours hatred, where can we break that chain?? (**note** I do not teach my kids hatred, quiet the opposite...I am generally speaking when I say "we").
    just my thoughts..
  5. by   CATHYW
    all I can say is do your best to keep your kids around the best influence. I remember Bessemer, from the 70's. It seemed kind of a depressed town then, compared to Birmingham. The Alabaster area was just beginning to take off a grow then, too.

    I don't know how we will ever change the outlook of folks who seem to thrive on bitterness and looking backward. You and I, and our parents, and grandparents, and even great-grandparents, and perhaps further back than that had nothing to do with slavery. Yet, there is a segment of society that feels that we owe them money to recompense them for the things that were done to their slave ancestors. My question there is, how would giving a person in the 21st century money make up for what how their slave ancestors were treated? There is no way. So, quit grinding the same old axe, and join the rest of society to work and do the best you can for your family and your country.

    As a child, I was taught to speak to everyone , and that I was no better than anybody else. On the other hand, nobody else was better than me. I think my parents did their best with that. Amazing, sometimes when you speak to someone (could be male/female of any race) they look at you like, what does she want? Answer: just to acknowledge that I see another human being passing my way. No other motive!

    Good luck to you and your kids. It sounds as though they have a Mom that genuinely cares.
  6. by   Mito
    Hello All,
    I think this is an excellent program. In Canada we give alot of lip service to this issue but don't back it up with policy. The we have marginalized native people in this country is disgraceful. More programs like to one mentioned are needed around the world.