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SIGN-UP FOR TOLERANCE

My blog certainly seems to stimulate discussion and debate.  Without much fan-fare, I invite any and all of you to sign-up or put your name on the list of signers of the following statement offered by: www.usforallofus.org     

LET'S BUILD A U.S. FOR ALL OF US: NO ROOM FOR RACISM

"We long for a country that lifts all of us up, dares to care, offers love, generosity, and justice.  We reject the racism that keeps us divided.  We celebrate our interdependence and our capacity to love our neighbors as ourselves.

We are white people standing together for a community of caring.  Racism is not just a thing of the past; it continues to be woven into all of our institutions and structures, privileging those of us who are white and creating inequities for people of color.  Racism is used to confuse us, make us forget that our lives and futures are interconnected.  We believe that racism, in all its forms, robs us of our humanity.

We are white people standing against the racism we see, hear, and feel as the nation's right-wing and some in the media whip up a backlash of fear about the leadership of President Obama, the first African-American president of the United States, and the agenda for change on which he was elected.

We see blatant racism showing up in hostile signs, words and actions at 'tea parties,' demonstrations, and town hall meetings; in the effort to stop schoolchildren from listening to the president, something school children have done since the dawn of radio; in public tolerance of ministers who openly pray for the president's death; in the scape-goating of immigrants; and the organized attacks on people and groups working for urgently needed change.  Far beyond legitimate disagreement over policies, these are old fear-and smear tactics used by those who profit as we fight among ourselves.

The stresses of financial meltdown, unemployment, environmental crisis, and war make us an easy target for race-based fearmongering.  But this time we will not be fooled and we will not be divided.  We understand how our lives are shaped by race, by class, by gender, by whom we love and where we come from.  We also honor our deep connections each to the other as we work together to solve pressing problems.

Our ability to transform this country into one that truly works for all of us -- where we effectively address our serious economic and environmental problems -- is made possible only in a racially just society.  Let's work together to build what Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. called 'the Beloved Community.'

We can take action.  The first step is to say together: 'There is no room for racism in a U.S. for all of us.' "

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