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Racism, and you and I…
Yesterday — March 21st – was “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination”.* I first began to pay attention to racism as an adolescent. At first, simple things: everyone knew people who used the word “nigger” were racists, and … Continue reading
Posted in Racism, reflections Tagged anti-racism, inclusion, integration, poverty, values 3 Comments
They ought to get out more!
“Hamilton police sickened by shocking conditions…” said the headline in the Toronto Star.* The story covered an inquest into the death of a developmentally delayed man. That police officers would be shocked made me feel exasperated, thus my sarcasm. But … Continue reading
Posted in compassion, consciousness, dependent, poverty, special needs Tagged caring society, ignorant, out of touch, poverty, shallow 4 Comments
Witness to poverty #2
I first met June when she arrived in my grade five class at Bronx Park School. Fresh off the boat from Scotland, her accent was so thick we could barely understand her and she made us laugh a lot. She and … Continue reading
Posted in consciousness, experience, friendship, personal power, poverty, reflections, values Tagged choices, feelings, friendship, poverty, values 2 Comments
Witness to poverty….
Betty was a foster child when I met her. We were both 16. She believed that her foster family had taken her in only to help around the house. Who can say if that was the truth, but it may … Continue reading
Posted in poverty, reflections Tagged choices, consequences, political philosophy, poverty, power, reflections, values 1 Comment
Yes, it is our job to feed our neighbour’s child
Once again, a typical Conservative statement of values (with apologies to Hugh Segal): Minister James Moore says “Well, obviously nobody wants kids to go to school hungry. Certainly we want to make sure that kids go to school full bellied, … Continue reading →