On Mon, 23 Dec 1996 08:05:38 PST Scott Robert Ladd
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>The person was a "Deputy Assistant Commissioner" of the U.S. Bureau
>of Reclamation (the organization that dams America). An appointed
>bureaucrat. I did make a complaint; I was told to grow a thicker
>skin, and my job was threatened. A few months later, I quit working
>for BOR, and went into writing full time. I'd rather live with
>random paychecks than I would with that organization (which had other
>problems as well).
>My wife, when pregnant with our first child, was called a "spic" and
>nearly run down on a Denver Street. She walked into a Denver cafe
>once, and the staff completely ignored her. These aren't isolated
>And experience has taught me that "white" people don't experience
>racism in their personal lives. They may SEE racism, and they may
>recognize it, and they may be completely unprejudiced themselves,
>but they do not UNDERSTAND prejudice because it never really happens.
>White people can stay in a white world; minorities must forge ahead
>in a world created by whites.
>And that's one reason I'm trying to make white people - my people -
>understand that racism CAN touch their lives, through publicizing
>the Scottish Clearances and the Irish famine. If we let injustice
>happen to anyone, we allow it to happen to everyone - including
>Scott Robert Ladd
Scott, Well I agree with your basic premise that White people in general
do not expierence discrimination in any real way but every now and again
it does happen. I was raised by a NAtive American step-father and for a
while we lived on a reservation, in Canada, where I was the only "White"
kid on the whole Reserve. uffice it to say I was treated with the same
derision and degradation to which they were normaly exposed. Needless to
say this has served throughout my life to give me a much better
appreciation to the affects of racism on people.