Day: August 26, 2017

Racists are made not born

Different races? Racism? Such matters rarely touched my young life growing up on Oregon’s northern coast. Most everyone in town was of northern European extraction while I was not aware of an African-American until I reached high school,  he being the only one—a man who shined shoes in a barber shop downtown and lived in its basement.  There were two youths in my high school of other origins, two Chinese-Americans. I did not acquire good or bad thoughts about persons of other races. The African-American shoeshine guy was likeable whenever I went for a haircut and the two Chinese-American kids mainly kept to themselves. Meanwhile, there were those among my fellow Americans who adopted racist views.  I got huge doses of their views and values on the subject from my college and university years as well as the world of work among my fellow Americans from teaching and training positions inside the U.S. as well as overseas.  Throughout my adult life I have asked, “How do these people become racists?” It would require more space than what’s available here for a comprehensive treatment of the subject.  However, should the reader be interested in exploring some of the major reasons that have been identified, let’s consider a few.  In the mean time, the subject continues active in me and cries out for attention. It’s argued that the most common reason people become racists is due to their environment and upbringing. So, if one’s...

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Schrader: White House turmoil begets Congressional opportunity

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) is trying to find the bright side of controversial remarks by President Donald Trump regarding protests in Charlottesville, Va., which left one counter-protestor dead. “Trump’s horrifying remarks on Charlottesville have been denounced on both sides, and I think it will help us realize we are more on the same page than not,” Schrader said. Rep. Schrader is home from Washington, D.C., while Congress is on a break and made a swing through Keizer Thursday, Aug. 17, that included speaking at a Rotary Club of Keizer meeting and a...

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