The Difference Between Personal Attacks and Personal Information

Some people get upset when you bring up personal information during an argument or discussion. I do believe there’s a time and a place where that is okay; if there is something in their background or life that casts their position in a different light. Let’s take the case of a former friend I hadContinue reading “The Difference Between Personal Attacks and Personal Information”

Growing Up On Long Island: Racism 103 – It Gets Worse

In my last post I covered how the police started treating the neighborhood differently once we were “mixed.” What could have been a very bad incident didn’t bring police in until shots were fired, more than 40 minutes after the first phone call was made. Almost 10 years after that incident, I was out ofContinue reading “Growing Up On Long Island: Racism 103 – It Gets Worse”

Growing Up On Long Island: Racism 102 – When the Police Treat You Different

As I mentioned before, I grew up in a town that went from being a town of mostly Jewish and Italian residents to multi-cultural. Those changes brought about pushback from the white residents. Most people just sold their homes and left as part of the blockbusting and racial steering that went on by the localContinue reading “Growing Up On Long Island: Racism 102 – When the Police Treat You Different”

Growing Up On Long Island: Racism 101

I’ve often said Long Island was one of the most segregated places in the nation. For all the talk about the northeast being filled with “liberals” I didn’t see a lot of it. I had people who modeled a behavior and a way of life that was righteous, and then there were other people. IContinue reading “Growing Up On Long Island: Racism 101”