Each week, the White Privilege Conference and the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, housed at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS), hosts a half hour radio show called Intersections Radio that features an interview with a different author, scholar, and/or speaker.
What will it take for race, racism, and race relations to become as much a part of the issues to discuss as healthcare, housing, and employment?
One can hardly consider themselves current with anything going on in this country, or their own communities, if they are unaware or oblivious to the incidents that occur all too often that are at a minimum insensitive, a show of ignorance, lack of concern, or downright racist or bigoted.
I can hardly consult any news outlet today, without confronting several reports of some racist or race-related incident.
Last week, my daughter looked at me with her wide innocent eyes and asked, "Mommy, what does it mean to be neighborly?"
After careful consideration, I said, "It means to look out for your neighbors and the people around you." She replied, "Well, isn't that the most obvious thing in the world? They are our neighbors after all."
I explained that being neighborly extends beyond just the people who live near her, and involves being empathetic to anyone she may come across.
In The Mystery of the Ivory Charm, fictional sleuth Nancy Drew encounters an “oily” and “cumbersomely turbaned” Hindu named Rai. Rai, a circus performer, comes from India “the land of mystery,” and practices a faith described as “very superstitious, a cult, and not normal.” In this action-packed mystery, Nancy Drew, representing Western “rationality,” rescues the young maharajah Rai has helped kidnap and recovers a treasure of valuable jewels.