Commentary from Eileen Mackevich On June 29thh at the Chicago Public Library and the ALBC foundation conducted a Town Hall with Professor Henry Louis Gates and WGN radio talk show host Rick Kogan. It is entitled Out Histories Our Stories
Naturally, having an open forum for discussion of Lincoln and his relation to slavery and racism can certainly bring out the issues that we're still facing today. We've come a long way since the time of Lincoln and we still have a long way ahead of us as demonstrated by the latest Harvard professor incident.
Posted by: bmather (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 07/31/2009
I still believe that people are surprised this turned into such a huge issue. First of all he is a famous Harvard professor and secondly he is a personal friend of the president. How could it not turn into a huge issue? On the good side it has opened another way to talk about race issues in this country which only helps in the long term.
Posted by: bmather (email@example.com) on 08/06/2009
The truth is that a long history of mistrust is what we see. So many people mistrust the motives of people that are in the "other" group, that we can't identify as easily with. It seems that every country in the world that has more than one ethnic group has similar issues to struggle with.
Posted by: bmather (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 08/12/2009
It's moving forward and getting clearer, don't stop working on that theme! Thanks!
Posted by: bmather (email@example.com) on 08/23/2009
I wish that more people could learn to forgive, admit faults, and grow to become better people. thanks Abe for setting a great example.
Posted by: bmather (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 08/28/2009
Racism is of course still alive today...not just in america, but elsewhere too. It is two-way though, it is interesting to note. And it is a novel goal to remove racism worldwide, but I feel our innate bad nature will prevent this from ever happening - unfortunately.
Posted by: bmather (email@example.com) on 09/06/2009
"I wish that more people could learn to forgive, admit faults, and grow to become better people. thanks Abe for setting a great example."
every person should follow this
Posted by: bmather (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 09/16/2009