Exchanging People & Ideas Bridges the World’s Divides

Exchanging People & Ideas Bridges the World’s Divides

6/4/10 Huffington Post

By John Kerry – U.S. Senator from Massachusetts

One year ago in Cairo, President Obama promised America and the world’s Muslims a new beginning “based on mutual interest and mutual respect.” Translating this message into better relationships will take action from all of us.

In the coming weeks, I will introduce a bill in Congress to create a new professional exchange program between the United States and Muslim-majority countries. This pilot program would allow young American professionals to spend six months overseas experiencing a new culture in Muslim countries while gaining new work experiences. And it would allow citizens of those countries to spend six months in the United States, where they will gain valuable work skills and see what life in America is all about. In a small but significant way, both journeys will help to lay the groundwork for improved relations going forward.

We’ve done this before. After World War II, our leaders — and particularly a young senator from Arkansas named J. William Fulbright — recognized the value of building bridges through exchanges. While the Fulbright program began modestly in 1946, today, 300,000 men and women have been proudly called “Fulbrighters.” The alumni list includes 40 Nobel Prize winners from 11 countries, and 7,500 new scholars every year. If you doubt that people-to-people exchanges are a good diplomatic investment, consider this: 20 of those young international Fulbright scholars who came to study in America went on to become heads of state.

Exchange programs like the Fulbright and others already build bridges among academics. This program will emphasize the next step: career development for young professionals.

Today, we stand at the crest of a demographic wave that will transform the early 21st century, particularly in the Arab world with the so-called “youth bulge.” Societies will feel enormous strain as they struggle to keep up with a growing population’s demands for more economic opportunities. We will need to meet these challenges head-on. By targeting professionals like teachers, city planners, public health workers and other professions, this program can be a valuable step in building professional capacity for societies to keep up. And by encouraging public-private partnerships, this program can help link our institutions, governments, charities, and businesses in common cause.

Of course, exchange programs alone cannot address the political issues that divide us. A year after Cairo, there is widespread frustration throughout many Muslim communities that not enough has been done to change the status quo — to address poverty, to champion democratic values and human rights, and to bring peace to Afghanistan and especially the Middle East.

For the entire article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-kerry/exchanging-people-and-ide_b_601128.html
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79 thoughts on “Exchanging People & Ideas Bridges the World’s Divides

  1. Exchange programs such as this open the door to better understanding and communications between nations.

    How many non-Muslim Americans know that Jesus is revered in Islam? How many know that Muslims await His return, just as Christians do? How many know that Mohammed declared Islam, Christianity and Judaism are all religions of “the Book”?

    While there are significant differences in religion, language and culture between most of the Western nations and predominantly Muslim nations, there are enough fundamental similarities and shared values and beliefs to build trust and positive relationships based on mutual respect.

    To accomplish this level of trust, and to expose the anti-western hate propaganda for the irreligious grab for power that it is, personal experiences, such as those fostered by this type of exchange program are invaluable. Spending six months in another culture gives profound understanding and insight into that culture. Getting to know individuals allows one comprehend issues on a personal level, not limited to a government or news agency’s summary.

    This sounds like a positive, HOPEful step towards better world-wide understanding and international relationships.

    • “Trust and positive relationships based on mutual respect”

      How simple it is and how hard it has been to bring about! I share your hope that we will see positive changes in coming years, thanks to President Obama’s vision and courage.

    • This is the President’s 2009 speech in Cairo, subtitled in Arabic, from YouTube’s White House channel.

    • THE PRESIDENT:

      All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart, or whether we commit ourselves to an effort — a sustained effort — to find common ground, to focus on the future we seek for our children, and to respect the dignity of all human beings.

      It’s easier to start wars than to end them. It’s easier to blame others than to look inward. It’s easier to see what is different about someone than to find the things we share. But we should choose the right path, not just the easy path. There’s one rule that lies at the heart of every religion — that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. (Applause.) This truth transcends nations and peoples — a belief that isn’t new; that isn’t black or white or brown; that isn’t Christian or Muslim or Jew. It’s a belief that pulsed in the cradle of civilization, and that still beats in the hearts of billions around the world. It’s a faith in other people, and it’s what brought me here today.

      We have the power to make the world we seek, but only if we have the courage to make a new beginning, keeping in mind what has been written.

      The Holy Koran tells us: “O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.”

      The Talmud tells us: “The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace.”

      The Holy Bible tells us: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Applause.)

      The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God’s vision. Now that must be our work here on Earth.

      Thank you. And may God’s peace be upon you. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

      Full transcript of the President’s speech here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-cairo-university-6-04-09

  2. Meta’s wonderful cooking blog has a new post with a recipe from White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses’s just-published cookbook – and even an interview with the Chef himself!

    Go to the link to read the WHOLE REVIEW, get the RECIPE for Bill Yosses’s Orange-Glazed Olive Oil Cake with Fleur de Sel and enjoy the TEMPTING PHOTOGRAPHS!

    From Pastry Studio:

    If you had the great opportunity to create pastry and desserts for world leaders and renowned public figures every day of the week, I wonder what you would put in a cookbook for home bakers and pastry aficionados? Well, I need wonder no more. Fresh off the presses of Norton Publishing comes The Perfect Finish, a beautiful new cookbook from White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses and Melissa Clark, writer of the New York Times column, “A Good Appetite.” ….

    The Perfect Finish is nicely laid out with lots of gorgeous full-page photos and a few process pictures to help explain technique. It contains 80 recipes separated into categories based on occasion and style. There’s “Come for Brunch” with muffins, tea breads and scones. My own particular heart beats for the Crème Fraiche Pancakes. “Pick-me-ups” is about irresistible cookies and snack items. “Straight from the Oven” presents homestyle cobblers and pie. The section on “I’ll Bring Dessert” is full of luscious jewels you can easily transport. A chapter on “Restaurant Desserts You Can Make at Home” provides the details and courage for home bakers to delve into more style and sophistication with items like his version of Îles Flottante in a spiced crème anglaise and Warm Molten Vanilla Cakes. Chef Yosses’s flair for fun and flavor is showcased in the chapter on “Birthday and Celebration Cakes.” The section on “Holiday Desserts” gives us a broad display of cookies, trifles, toffees and tarts. There is plenty of festivity throughout….

    This handsome book is the work of an accomplished man with a very generous spirit. Chef Yosses perfectly illustrates the pleasure of creating and serving beautiful pastry. His vibrant personality shows through on just about every page and I find a certain elegance in everything he does. I look forward to working my way through each section. To begin, in his introduction he expresses a wish for his readers to use the book in such a way that invites lots of smudges, spills and stains on its 273 pages. Although I usually do my best to protect my cookbooks, I join him in the sentiment!

    And for a little extra morsel, a brief Q & A with Chef Yosses –

    Pastry Studio: Chef Yosses, congratulations on the release of your beautiful new cookbook! It’s brimming with personality and elegance. I’m enjoying reading about your background and am wondering how you first conceived of the content and style. Did you have the concept ruminating on the back burner for quite awhile and did that change over time or was it a matter of choosing your favorite recipes and developing the book from there? How long did the process take from start to (perfect!) finish?

    Chef Yosses: I thought of the way I decide to make a dessert at home and what steps I take to get it done. Usually it is for a particular event, occasion or reason, even a casual dinner, so I decided to shape the book along those lines. For the content, I chose the recipes that I loved the most or that were a happy surprise when I discovered them. I hope the readers will find that, too. The process was interrupted several times and took about 4 years to complete.

    Pastry Studio: How has the White House garden changed your approach to producing pastry for the White House? I know you likely have always had access to the best ingredients but is it different having a garden in your midst?

    Chef Yosses: I have been working from a farmers market or a garden for a while, especially at the Dressing Room, the restaurant started by Michel Nischan and Paul Newman. That is where the food was made almost exclusively from local purveyors and farmers. To have a garden right outside the kitchen is an awfully nice convenience and I use it constantly. I love watering the garden, it does as much for me as it does for the garden.

    Pastry Studio: You have the great privilege of creating terrific pastry and desserts for so many influential people. But if you could create a pastry or dessert as a gift for someone new, who would that be and what would you produce?

    Chef Yosses: I think one of the most difficult things to do is to choose the perfect gift for someone, and some people are really geniuses at it. To choose something appropriate, personal, unique that only the recipient can appreciate takes a lot of thought, and it is an exercise I admire greatly. So if by “someone new” you mean someone I don’t know I would first try to get to know a little bit about that person and tailor the dessert to them. I do love working with seasonal fruits and using as little sweetener as possible (that does not mean the dessert can be sour or too tangy, however). Adding layers of flavor is another stylistic element that I love, so that the sweet part can be multi-faceted from honey, agave, maple, or herbal. Since the person is someone new I would make the dessert as simple as possible to appeal to a wider range of audiences. So as specific as I can get is – a small fruit dessert with impeccable lines in a simple pattern with complex layering of flavor.

    http://pastrystudio.blogspot.com/2010/06/bill-yosses-orange-glazed-olive-oil.html

    • Thank you Kathleen for sharing Meta’s interview!

      THANK YOU & CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR INTERVIEW SCORE META!!! HOPE YOU JOIN US SOON!!!

    • Meta:

      Good interview. Both the questions and responses were insightful, and the whole interview piqued my interest.

      CR has told me about your web site, but after reading your interview, I decided to click on the link to see it for myself. All I can say is that my mouth is watering, and I think you have probably become one of the enablers for my on-going weight problems. Great blog! I hope to try out some of the recipes soon.

    • Hello Cheryl and everyone! Sorry it’s taken me so long to get here. Nice to see another positive Obama blog WITHOUT TROLLS!

      Thank you, Cheryl, for your efforts.

      • Hi Meta!!! Glad you made it over to come visit us!

        It is a little slow now because people are out doing things. Please browse the past posts if you so do desire!

  3. Good morning o-family! Good morning Cheryl!
    Just wanted to let you know, that I had in mind to be far more often on this great site, but right now the Gaza incidents are uppermost in my mind. I’m awaiting (with very mingled feelings), what will happen when the German-Jewish ship with other European Jewish activists is on her way to Gaza and nears the coast. (I had a brief but productive conversation with Dianne on the Ofa blog recently). Their strategy will be slightly different to the other ships of the flotilla: they plan to let Israel control the freight on board in international waters and hope to reach Gaza.
    So my comments here wouldn’t be that positive and uplifting at the moment, and there’s already to much distraction and ill will and this refuge should be only positive – so I hope to be back soon and wish you a wonderful Sunday !

    • Angelika:

      I think that positive doesn’t have to mean “happy happy joy joy”, and that you can share your thoughts and concerns about very serious issues. The positivity comes from knowing that your thoughts are received and treated with respect.

      I, for one, would find your perspective very interesting. I have travelled a bit, and lived for awhile in Latin America. I am always impressed by the difference in content and perspective in news reports and in the thoughts of the individuals with whom I come into contact.

      Every news agency filters and biases the news it reports for many different reasons. Americans get a very narrow viewpoint from “normal” news sources. Please share your thoughts so we can expand our perspective at least a little.

      • Jocarussell :

        thank you :), I learned so much about the USA since I went to the then barackobama-campaign website in December 2007 (never blogged before, let alone an American blog)! I know it’s not about “pleasantville”, but there are so many important and controversial issues. An example: I watched Olbermann’s countdown and heard, what this somewhat strange scientist proposed as a solution for the oil spill in the gulf region (military, even bombing) and he referred to Chernobyl. As one who experienced the core melt accident not so far away (Berlin is situated in the east of Germany), I only thought OMG, where will this be going to …
        Then the Israel and Palestine conflict: As a German I tend to think twice before judging or publishing any comment on Israel, but the current Israeli government and sanctions … I can’t stomach this.
        Well, I could go on and on, but most important: You have an important midterm election and from the bottom of my heart I wish the results to be in “balance to his favor” and you all have a lot to do to make this come true.

        • Hi Angelika — let’s hope that reason and good will finally prevail on both sides.

        • See, already we see a broader point of view.

          The idea of a nuclear blast 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana is academic to most of us. Hearing the concerns of someone who felt personally threatened by Chernobyl makes it a little more real. It gives us a reason to think a little more.

          The Middle East is a complex problem with no quick solution, and the US cannot lead the effort for a resolution until the leaders and the people can see that there are very many equally valid points of view regarding the situation. You are very wise to “think twice” before publishing any comments.

          Finally, the mid-term elections have not brought out the same enthusiasm on the pro-Obama side as the presidential elections. The enthusiasm and organization is not there, yet. If the people who elected Obama want him to be able to accomplish the goals he outlined during the campaign, they need to work hard to give him a congress that can enact the necessary changes.

          Unfortunately, it is very clear that the Democrats, even with a clear majority, lead a “do nothing” congress, with one notable exception (health care).

          Change is needed in the Democratic party leadership, as well as in the Republican leaderships grasp of reality, in order for the US to really move forward.

          It is the responsibility of the people to make sure the required changes in leadership take place, either by getting the current leaders to catch up with the mood of the country, or by replacing them.

          Unfortunately, to replace an incumbent Democrat pretty much requires the election of a Republican, which introduces a different set of problems.

          Pro-Obama activists had better get “Fired up and ready to go” if we are not to waste the next two years of Obama’s presidency with a gridlocked congress.

          Take care, and keep posting your thoughts.

    • Congratulations Meta on scoring the interview with Chef Yosses!!!

      Was it a telephone interview, did you go to D.C. or did he come here?

      • Thanks, CR. No, the interview was only by email! It was right about the time he was doing the State Dinner for Mexico, so I think he had his hands full. I was contacted a few months ago by his publisher to ask if I’d be interested in doing a review of his new cookbook, so I jumped at the chance to receive a copy and work from his recipes. He seems like such a sweet person.

        I would be so excited to see the WH kitchen. And well, to see the whole WH, but only with the Obamas in residence! I want to plan to take a tour someday if I can find a travel buddy who’d be interested. Maybe in the Spring when the garden is in full bloom.

        • Now, that would be a dream trip!

          And you could write about it! 🙂

          I especially liked your interesting last question about creating a dessert for a new person, and his thoughtful reply.

          • Hey Kathleen! Yeah, it would be a dream trip. I like DC and haven’t been there in a long time. I’d love to see check out the museums as well.

            What I was getting at with my last question to Chef Yosses was to see if he would talk about his favorite style of pastry, and he did. When you are creating beautiful desserts for the President and First Family and their guests, I think you’re going out of your way to produce amazing things. But I was curious if there was another side of him that would do something new for someone he wanted to impress. I think he understood what I was getting at because his answer went a little deeper.

            • I have a question for you Meta; are you into the sugar pulling?

              My husband and I know Chef Cyrus Goo of Cafe Laufer in Kaimuki, HI and he goes up to vacation in Las Vegas and be with his chef buddies and to do sugar art! I know that there are competitions in this and I have seen some great works of art!

              Cafe Laufer’s link: http://www.cafelaufer.com/

              • Ha, no that’s not something I’ve done. My work tends to be more on the rustic end of the scale. In pastry school they did teach some of the techniques of fine caramel angel hair stuff, but I wasn’t really into it because I don’t like the taste of sugar very much.

  4. I’m looking forward to seeing the President and First Lady today for the Ford Theater event. It’s been such a heavy time the last few weeks. I don’t even watch cable TV but I can feel all the ugliness being propagated. Time for a break from the constant criticism and negativity. I’m so proud of PBO and his team. He deserves to know how much we appreciate him.

    Let him know!

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

  5. Signs of intelligent life discovered in the media?

    Steve Benen writes in The Washington Monthly:

    Time’s Kate Pickert noted late yesterday:

    “Count me among those who are a little bored with the media narrative that President Obama doesn’t appear “angry” enough about the BP oil spill. Sure, symbolism is important in times like these and the public wants to know that its commander-in-chief is sufficiently engaged and cares about what’s happening. But shouldn’t the media focus something like 80% of its attention on what the federal government is actually doing and some portion of the remainder on whether the White House message machine is having a good or bad week? I haven’t done a comprehensive study, but it feels like the opposite has been the case this week.”

    Similarly, the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus seems to have had about enough.

    “The presidency is not a play in two acts. The disaster in the Gulf is not six characters in search of a leader. So why the coverage of President Obama and the oil spill as theater criticism?

    Is he angry? Is he enraged? Has he shown it? Is there a vein bulging in his neck? […]

    The real test is in the doing, not the showy symbolism.”

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_06/024116.php

    Via: www dot thepoliticalcarnival.net/2010/06/quickie-the-press-is-coming-around-obama-cares-okay/

    • THANK YOU Kathleen for this post!

      I think that I will send Mr Benen an email to thank him as well!

      • Here is my comment to Mr. Benen’s story:

        “Thank you Mr. Benen for writing what SO MANY of us are feeling.

        President Obama did not plan or did not cause the BP oil spill PERIOD. He is trying to deal with the aftermath of BP’s accident and of the aftermath of events that started to tail spin before he ever got into office.

        Posted by: CRussell on 6/6/10 at 1:10 PM”

    • Oh, awesome. I’ve been reading Steve Benen for a long while. I really appreciate that he’s level headed and thorough.

  6. Just popping in. I have to cook today :(.

    Yah!!! Meta made it.

    I’ll be back after dinner and in time for the Ford Theater event.

    See ya later!

  7. Okay I sent an O-mail to BWD to invite her to this site. Is there any one else that you would like to see here?

    I have already sent invitations to:

    ◎Desert Dove Dan◎
    ♥ dreamweaver “A Proud Arrogant (Uppity) Elitist” ♥
    ♥♪Ben, a true evangelical for OBAMA♪♥
    ♫ Cynthia ♫ mopping in all 50 states
    Andrea – President Obama Supporter
    Arlene in Maine
    Bella Hussein Reese
    Bon
    Debby, NJ…Foot Soldier ’til 2016 !!!
    HeleneFromParis
    Hoople for ObamaJB In Arizona – Is Uppity, Arrogant, And Elitist And Loves President Obama
    JD from Seal Beach, CA
    Kim, part of the Greatest lobbying force Washington has ever seen,
    Kimberly Helen Hussein
    Mary**Humming Hail to the Chief for President Obama**
    Michelle Obama
    Obamamaniac Jim B – It’s not dark yet but it’s getting there
    Ortiz1954
    Peg
    President Obama I Trust!, Rachel, VA. Nobel peace prize laureate, PBO, 2012 🙂
    Reggie; Who Just Signed Up For An 8 Year Tour Of “O”-Duty!!!
    Regina from Va Beach, VA ” who is happy about change we all believe in!!!
    Rock on Mr. President!!
    Tori from Greenville,SC
    Tracy in CT
    Verna ..v.o.b…..prayers for the ‘Man’

    If you know of anyone else you would like to see here please invite them!

    1) They should read the how-to register instructions in the ABOUT section

    2) Include your username as a reference when they post their first initial comment so I will know that it is safe to accept them onto our blog.

  8. Hello CR and O family. Just popping in to say hello. Everyone have a Blessed day.

    • Mr. Trumka makes many good points for voting for then candidate Barack Obama.

      If you believe in President Obama’s goals for America then a vote for Democrats this year can help to push for the work that President Obama is trying to do.

      The “party of NO!” is unified in making sure that every legislative issue is STALLED.

      • Thank you, CR! Richard Trumka is RIGHT!

        His exchange with the white woman who kept coming up with lame reasons not to vote for Barack Obama seems like a model for how to confront racism and all misinformation – he kept asking “Why?” and “Why not?” to everything she asserted, countered the lies she believed with facts, and finally brought the argument to her doorstep: Our town is dying, and this man is willing to fight for us, and yet you won’t vote for him – for your community and its children – because he’s not your color? Really?

        And I love how you make the case so succinctly:

        “If you believe in President Obama’s goals for America then a vote for Democrats this year can help to push for the work that President Obama is trying to do.”

        That should be the mantra for 2010.

  9. Fundraiser puts Gulf seafood on menu
    Restaurants to donate some proceeds to spill fund

    6/4/10 MICHELLE LOCKE – AP

    BERKELEY, Calif. – Eat a shrimp, support a Gulf of Mexico fisherman. That’s the thinking behind the “Dine Out for the Gulf Coast” campaign in which restaurants across the country will be putting a little fish philanthropy on the menu.

    During the event, scheduled for June 10-12, participating restaurants will be donating to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund. Restaurants that are able to, also will feature seafood from the Gulf.

    “It’s good that we establish a conversation on the meaning of something like this,” says chef and restaurateur Jose Andres, who is participating in the event at all his restaurants, including The Bazaar in Los Angeles and Jaleo in Washington.

    The campaign was started by Jimmy Galle, founder of Gulfish LP, a small company based in Sausalito that supplies Gulf seafood to restaurants in Northern California.

    Galle, a native of Texas, said he “felt compelled to do something. I spent my summers on those coastal shores. It’s where I’m from, so it’s very personal.”

    Details of the campaign are still being worked out. Some restaurants will donate a portion of overall profits; others will donate based on sales of specific dishes or cocktails. And since fresh seafood supplies fluctuate — and not all the participating restaurants specialize in seafood — it’s not clear how many will be serving food from the Gulf.

    The point, says Galle, is to support the industry and let diners know it’s OK to eat Gulf seafood.

    “Those guys are facing so much turmoil and such an uncertain future,” he said of the region’s seafood industry. “If the consumer turns away from consumption of Gulf seafood, it’s kind of like a final nail in the coffin.”

    No fishing
    It’s not clear what the oil spill, which began following an April 20 oil rig explosion that also killed 11 workers, will mean for the region’s fishing industry or for the restaurant industry that relies on it.

    Commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico caught more than 1 billion pounds of seafood in 2008 for about $659 million in revenue, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Many estimates put the Gulf Coast as supplying one-fifth of the nation’s commercial fish and shellfish.

    Since the spill, about one-third of the Gulf waters have been closed to fishing.

    A key concern is whether fish become contaminated by crude oil. Government officials say rigorous inspections mean it’s never been safer to eat Gulf seafood.

    At Chez Panisse, the renowned Berkeley restaurant founded by Alice Waters, Cal Peternell is still thinking about what to serve during the fundraising event.

    The restaurant’s menu changes daily and it will depend on what’s available, but possibilities include shrimp roasted whole in a wood-oven or perhaps a classic variation on shrimp and grits, a Southern dish, using soft polenta with fresh corn kernels and shrimp sauteed with onion, peppers and celery.

    Part of social fabric
    Supporting local, sustainable food producers is a big part of the Chez Panisse ethic, says Peternell, chef of the restaurant’s upstairs cafe. Waters also has a close tie to the area, having founded one of her Edible Schoolyards in New Orleans.

    Peternell might be worried about buying fish from the Gulf these days if he weren’t using a trusted supplier, Galle, who is keeping customers informed about closures and sending maps showing which fishing grounds produced the fish being sold.

    http://dineoutforthegulfcoast.org/

    • What a great and creative idea. Impressive list of participating restaurants — I hope it grows.

      NOAA Fisheries Service/Southeast Regional Office provides daily updates on closing and opening of fishing areas in the Gulf:
      http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/deepwater_horizon_oil_spill.htm

      NOAA Seafood Safety Fact Sheet:

      “The public should not be concerned about the safety of seafood they are buying at this time. The spill has not reached the coastal area and the seafood on the market has not been affected. The Federal and State governments have strong systems in place to test and monitor seafood safety and to prohibit harvesting from affected areas, keeping oiled products out of the market.”

      [Type “http://”] sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/deepwater_horizon/Seafood_safety_FACT_SHEET.pdf

  10. Looks like the Ford’s Theater reception won’t be livestreamed until 4:50 p.m. EDT.

  11. Roger Ebert’s latest blog entry asks, “How do racists get that way?” He explores this idea through often harsh examples from his own life, prompted by the recent news from Prescott AZ, where some white people were infuriated by an elementary school mural depicting actual black and brown children who attend there. The school and district at first agreed to have the images repainted as light-skinned, but reversed that decision when Prescott united to demand that the mural be restored. (See YouTube below.)

    Roger says:

    “I believe at some point in the development of healthy people there must come a time when we instinctively try to understand how others feel. We may not succeed. There are many people in this world today who remain enigmas to me, and some who are offensive. But that is not because of their race. It is usually because of their beliefs.

    [He can imagine being a student whose likeness was painted over in the school mural.] That was easy for me. What I cannot imagine is what it would be like to be one of those people driving past in their cars day after day and screaming hateful things out of the window….”

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/06/how_would_i_feel_if.html

    Update:

    Steve Blair, the city councilman/radio host who had been whipping up racism has been fired by the station.

    Former Prescott Mayor Jack D. Wilson calls for Blair to be fired, says he doesn’t represent 99.9% of the people of Prescott.

  12. Did I miss it? I’ve had the screen up with the sound turned up and I’ve heard nothing.

  13. Hi

    Just saying hello to everyone, and thank you CR for setting up this place. I was desperate to find a safe haven from all the nastiness against this great president. So thanks again and i’m looking forward to be a part of this place.

    BWD.

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