Many people groups, but one race

Melissa Beth Burlington, VT The more we focus on NOT being racist, the more we are teaching children of this society that they must see people as skin color. Children must be carefully taught to be racist. We are not born treating others differently because of their appearance. They see the emphasis in entertainment, at [...]

Why is your English so good?

Basundhara Mukherjee South Burlington, VT I was born in India, lived in Saudi Arabia, and grew up mostly in a small town in Vermont. English is in my blood, just like Bengali. When someone asks me why my English is so good, it reminds me of the ignorance that still, unfortunately, exists in this country. [...]

Otosan, please teach us your language.

Jaimie Scanlon Brattleboro, VT My husband is bilingual Japanese-American. His mother, raising three boys in Iowa in the 1960s, made sure her sons grew up speaking, reading, and writing her own mother tongue. Now all three men are completely bilingual and realize the value of the gift she gave them. Before our kids were born [...]

My dad’s prejudices live in me.

Ray Johnson, VT My father had some reasonably strong prejudices against some groups, specifically African Americans, Jews and the Japanese. We butted heads over the issue when I was young, but despite the fact that I know that his generalized negative views against various groups are wrong, some of the things that he said when [...]