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Old 03-22-2012, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by sak9645
Back when segregation was still fresh in people's minds, I had a wonderful Latin teacher who also headed the local Youth Good Neighbor Council. Although she looked like the stereotypical old-fashioned single old lady, she gave us some tough-a** advice.

Basically, she said that if we were on a bus or somewhere, and a person made a remark about someone's race or religion or national origin, we should say, loudly enough to be heard, "What an UN-AMERICAN thing to say!" In those days, a lot of adults were very concerned about not appearing unpatriotic and such, (because of memories of Joe McCarthy and anti-Communist witch hunts), so linking hate speech with lack of patriotism was a really good idea.

She did say, of course -- since we were junior high and high school students -- that it was OK to avoid this sort of confrontation if there was high risk that someone might hurt us, or if our parents didn't want us going so public with our beliefs. But she made it clear that, if our parents approved and we recognized the risks, it would be truly a good thing to do.

I think we all learned an important lesson from her, whether or not we actually had to try this approach when we were so young. Hate speech and hateful behavior flourish when no one speaks up in opposition. And rather than waiting for someone else to speak up, we should be proactive in doing so.

Your Mom was great, making that sarcastic remark about brown. To be even more effective, the next time such a remark is heard in her church, maybe she should try, "WHAT AN UNCHRISTIAN THING TO SAY!"


I agree with Jen, that is fantastic advice!

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Old 03-23-2012, 08:10 PM
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For what it's worth, we attended "Liberian Sunday" at the church where Matthew's grandpa is minister. There was a Liberian seminary student who spoke and after the service there was a program on Global Missions, including some video taken at the Liberian hospital where my wife volunteered and found Matthew. It was coincidence on the film, but not on the message as Matthew's Grandpa and he are crazy about each other and having a pulpit to spread the right message doesn't hurt one bit
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