- - Thursday, June 18, 2020

Racism is usually linked to the beholder’s rearing in a racist environment. Fortunately, at an impressionably young age I was emphatically told by my mother about the exceptionally kind and caring nature of our black family doctor. My mother never had anything disdainful to say about people of color. She only saw (and still sees) what is in one’s heart.

If she’d told me the opposite about the doctor, I could have aged while blindly linking this man’s race with an unjustly cynical view of him and all black people.

When angry, my late father occasionally expressed displeasure with Anglo immigrants, largely due to his own experiences with bigotry as a new Canadian citizen in the 1950s and ‘60s. He, who like Mom emigrated from Eastern Europe, didn’t resent non-white immigrants, for he realized they had things at least as bad as he had. Plus, he noticed — as I also now do — in them an admirable absence of a sense of entitlement.

Thus essentially by chance I reached adulthood unstricken by uncontrolled feelings of racial contempt seeking expression. Some who were not as lucky — and who may now be in an armed, authority capacity — were raised with a distrust or blind dislike of other racial groups.

Regardless, those with racist sentiments must either suppress or professionally deal with them — for they do harm to those unjustly exposed to them, including the racist’s own, susceptible children.


White Rock, British Columbia

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