“The Time is Always Right to do the Right Thing.” — 2 Comments

  1. So pleased to be living in a country where the identification of one’s “race” is not required. We are all a blend of the many threads which have come to make up who we are in this lifetime and to me, to identify only with one or the other is to deny the totality of who we are. And to bury a part of one’s identity as if it doesn’t matter is also regrettable. I cannot imagine having to “choose”. Since my personal identity runs along nationality/ethnic lines, I find myself incorporating both Russian and German cultural factors into my identity. The skin colour I have is no less of my choosing than anyone else. Eventually, I think we will all be a delightful new blend of “tan” and the issue will be closed. Those who consistently refer to President Obama as a “black” president deny the totality of his identity. To my thinking, if you MUST state it, then he is “bi-racial”. Yes, he identifies strongly with the black community and rightly so, as it reflects his clearly evident concern for the well-being of ALL Americans, which for historical reasons has yet to be achieved. This, perhaps surprisingly to some factions in the U.S., is not a bad thing but it irks them to no end. That says more about them than it does about him. And the fact that he lived outside of the U.S. for a time is seen by some, those who oppose him of course, as anathema to the presidency itself. Will the words of Martin Luther King ever truly become reality? Living in Canada, my hope is alive. Working in a multiethnic school, and adding my efforts for all children to acknowledge their origins and personal diversity makes me feel that I am part of that “dream”. Thanks for a thought provoking blog.

  2. Hi Tom: It was so nice running into you yesterday at Maglios. I love this article, as it also hits close to home for me! My daughter-in-law, or 3rd daughter, as I also consider her my child now, is from East LA and is Spanish. This group of people also face huge challenges in the US and she is so in awe of living in Canada where the first question (or negative comment) has nothing to do with her skin colour.
    Add to this that she is also married to my daughter, and you can imagine that in the US, life has not always been easy. I am so thankful that in Canada (although we have a long way to go) that these beautiful young women can have a life together, with no one thinking twice about what makes them different than everyone else, but rather just accepting them for who they are, and celebrating what makes us all the same!
    Teachers who teach acceptance are what make the difference, because if gives kids a positive outlook, especially if the people in their own homes are not tolerant.
    Thanks to good teachers here in Nelson, my kids have a better understanding and tolerance that they would have had many other places in the world.