Dr. Laura, the “N” word, and the VCICAugust 25th, 2010 at 3:55 pm by Don Roberts under Personalities, Politics
You’ve no doubt heard of her, what she said, and why she fired herself from her radio program a couple of weeks ago. No matter how you slice it, no matter who says it, THE “N” word hurts! That’s what my ancestors heard as they were herded onto slave ships, forced to farm America’s crops, strung up from southern trees and locked out of local schools. It hurts even more today when kids emulate so-called “entertainers” who use the “N word” for shock value – but only end up displaying their ignorance like a badge of honor. They don’t know what they don’t know. And what’s worse – they don’t care. “Danger! Willie Robinson.” (If you get that, PUH LEEZE let me know.)
Now let me run some more letters by you: The VCIC. No, this organization doesn’t insure your investments. But its members and benefactors do invest countless hours to bring people together.
Formerly known as the Virginia Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, it’s evolved into the VIRGINIA CENTER FOR INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES. You may not know the name, but hopefully you’re benefiting from their work. And I’ll bet you know some of the members of the Peninsula and Southside chapters. I’m fortunate to be a member of the board of the Peninsula chapter. I’ve interviewed half of them for news stories as they tend to be the ones who make things move and shake in our communities - in business, education, communities of worship and neighborhoods. The VCIC is probably planning your next diversity training workshop- on the job or at your child’s school. VCIC director Jonathan Zur says one exciting program in the works now is a collaboration with the Virginia Stage Company. It’s in connection with VSC’s upcoming production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” VSC and VCIC are planning major outreach to schools in South Hampton Roads, including school visits to the show with facilitated talk-backs and the creation of a teaching guide for area educators.
Check the link to see what the VCIC staff has been doing this summer- and plans for the coming year. And if you like seeing “little white girls and white boys playing with black girls and black boys” without a care about color, or calling each other hurtful names, then we need your help. Have dinner with us dinner next February. I hope to see you there.