listening session in Eugene 1/8/18, with OR Attorney General, was, hopefully worth the risk, vulnerability, and stress of the bold incident reporters...the city is ripe with mold
So many variables to consider, however, the Pacific northwest, for all its liberalism, is ripe with white supremacy ideaology.
Another child of color told me today that they were asked to sign a paper and resign from their job. They said they signed it, but believe they had to sign it.
While advocating as a white woman who was approached and asked to spearhead a movement within an organization concerned with Mental Health in order to "reach out" to latinos in my city i found that as my heart was breaking when criticized for speaking Spanish because i sounded angry in one of their offices and to stick to the things associated with that particular office; the "out reach" was muffled and back burnered as well as a plethora of other events, comments, lies and absurdities: my friends chuckled and explained much to my chagrin to "get used to it" because this was simply what they encounter repeatedly and its ugly name was MARGINALIZATION. Shocked at first and extremely sad I went into a depression as I tried to find peace. I now embrace the MARGINALIZATION that as a white woman i feel and continue to feel as I work side by side with the people I love. Thank you Dr. Johnny Lake for your love and spirit which all who know you feel.
I forgot to mention that the EXACT words used when they described me were.... YOU ARE NOT A GOOD FIT. such a phrase ought to be eliminated from all languages and in particular in the Mental Health Recovery environment. Thankfully, it has caused me to refocus and work harder on the issues important to me an those I encounter.
I too, and other people of color have been told we were not good fits in the organization. All of us were people of color. Ironically we were not considered misfits until their was a change in exec leadership. One person resigned, one person was removed from a leadership role and one chose to stand their ground. Sometimes the path of least resistance is the easiest. Sometimes standing your ground while difficult is the most satisfactory response. In the end the truth comes out.
Dr. Johnny Lake's primary focus is on relationships and the impact and influence of diversity, race and culture on student academic/business performance and achievement.