R-O-E Redux

I recommend this article as a follow-on to thinking about rules of engagement: This time, at the cultural/societal level.

With the rise of Asian American hate crimes,
I’m no longer confused about who I am.
I am Asian, as well as American,
and swallowing the bitterness of racism
shouldn’t be something that I have to bear.
America and Americans should do better.
Kathleen Hou, Swallowing our Bitterness

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2 Responses to R-O-E Redux

  1. Jim Taylor says:

    I’m sure I have been guilty, at some point in the past, of making racist comments about Asians. Along with sexist jokes. I don’t remember dressing up in blackface, but it’s possible. Thank God there were no cell phones around in those days to record my slips from perfection.
    Jim T

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim T – Yes. And we shouldn’t expect perfection in ourselves or demand it from others, but we should (I think) keep trying to do better. Sensibilities have changed a lot even in my lifetime. They’re still on the move.

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