There’s Always been Identity Politics

There is so much of the last four years that could be written about. Every day it seemed like there was another event that was, at the very least, unethical by what had been our standards. I swore off the news to keep my anxiety level down, but I heard most of the repulsive storiesContinue reading “There’s Always been Identity Politics”

Thoughts For September 19, 2020

Fall has come to Northern New England; a little earlier than usual. I don’t know if it’s the smoke from the wildfires cooling it off sooner, or the effects of the moderate drought we’re in, but the leaves are changing fast. I think by next week we’ll be close to peak color in a lotContinue reading “Thoughts For September 19, 2020”

Black Lives Matter Protest in North Conway

I was so very proud of the town I live in yesterday. New Hampshire is not a state known for its diversity. In the 2010 census we were 94% white. The few African-Americans who live in our town tend to stand out. Yesterday there was a protest in town for Black Lives Matter. I’ve satContinue reading “Black Lives Matter Protest in North Conway”

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”

A “Nice” Person Doesn’t Suddenly Become a Racist

People are talking widely about the Amy Cooper incident in New York City. If you haven’t read the stories or seen the video, she had her dog off-leash in a section of Central Park where that isn’t allowed. An African-American man, Christian Cooper (no relation) asked her to keep the dog on a leash. HeContinue reading “A “Nice” Person Doesn’t Suddenly Become a Racist”