Friday Harbor, WA.
I grew up in a predominantly white community in coastal
Southern California. Other than a few Hispanic, Italian, and Asian families
living nearby I had never befriended, learned with or worked with any non-white
individuals until joining the Army in 1974.
Television and movies taught me nearly everything I knew and
greatly influenced my opinions of people from different countries and cultures,
of different racial backgrounds, and about genders as well. Needless to say Hollywood’s
depiction of non-whites and women in Westerns, Dramas, Comedies, and Adventures
from the 1950s through the 2010s are not generally accurate or unbiased.
I’ll be the first to admit I was and to a certain extent
still am racist. I’m learning and attempting to change my views. Unfortunately
it will take time. I don’t expect to erase nearly 60 years of subtly imbedded
stereotypical views and misinformation. I am working on it though.
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