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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

OK, I said I would come back and write blogs once in a while. I WILL write some about having a healthy lifestyle, but today, I want to talk about race.

I was raised by parents that showed us by their friendships with MANY different races, that we are all the same under the skin. I raised my own child to believe this too.

I grew up in Southern California. A human breadbasket, with myriad flavors and colors. It was a good place to understand our similarities as humans on our small planet. What worries me, is that so many people do not experience other races, other ethnicities, LGBTQ people. If you don't KNOW that these people are YOU, that they have the same issues with self awareness, love, tragedy and family that we do, you will never understand that they are us.

I am afraid that so many communities in America do not have the diversity and inclusion in their citizens to understanding this fundamental principle: that if you take away our skin, we are the same. That to try to bridge the divide that you feel is good for YOU. It is a good thing for this Country.

Saying that after we got here, that we are shutting the door to anyone else, is blasphemy against the Constitution that made us what we are. Saying that your God is better than someone else's God, is not what your God preaches. Saying that one race is not as good as yours, is forgetting why we became Americans in the first place. We came here, because we were persecuted. For religion, for race, for myriad reasons. We are the immigrants here. We were scorned and laughed at for speaking German, or Irish or Swahili. We are the same. We are a nation of colors and community, and to pretend that all will be well, if you exclude ANYONE, is not only ignorance, but it is hateful, hurtful and wrong. #voteblue

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    1828 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    What saddens me is that we still have so far to go. At times I feel that the inscription on the plaque located on the pedestal where the Statue of Liberty stands no longer applies.

    The sonnet, New Colossus, was written in 1883 by Emma Lazarus (1849-1887). She wrote it for a fundraiser auction, which was held to raise funds for the pedestal upon which the Statue of Liberty stands.

    The last lines of "New Colossus" have given hope to refugees from around the world.

    "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of tour shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

    Thank you Jane for always being unafraid to say what needs to be said.

    With love and admiration,
    1828 days ago
    One of the great things about this conference I'm attending is the wide diversity among the 72 participants. Latinos, African Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Caucasians all working together to learn more and make the California Community College system better through effective leadership. We are examples of equal opportunity, and it is wonderful to be a part of this group!

    How boring it would be if we were all the same.

    1828 days ago
    Thank You! I totally agree. We diminish ourselves as a whole when we look down on others because they are different in some way.

    Blessings, Sandi
    1829 days ago
    I was brought up the same way and I too brought my children up as I was. Spark on.
    1829 days ago
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  • MITCHSTA1232
    Well said!
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    1829 days ago
    I taught my kids that ignorance is born from fear of difference. The reality, as you point out, is we ARE all the same under the skin.
    1829 days ago
    I like what you have to say about race! I am also from Southern California & really race was never anything I ever thought about... EVERYONE is a minority here!!! I can see how it's hard for people who have never been exposed to real people of different skin colors to make generalizations. For me the exposure showed me as far back as I can remember that anyone can be good or bad (it's whats inside that counts)! Thanks for sharing!
    1829 days ago
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