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Better Angels: Politics & Racism

Better Angels: Reuniting America  Documentary Fremont County Public Library in Lander, this Wednesday, February 26, 5:30-6:45.   Join us for a documentary screening. Directed by four-time Emmy award-winner Jim Brown, this documentary shows eight Democratic-leaning voters and seven Republican-leaning voters moving through a  Better Angels  workshop, from initial skepticism to more profound understanding and empathy. You’ll get an inside look at how a Democratic voter went from threatening to cut off relationships with Trump voters to becoming dear friends with one—and how a Republican voter moved from disdaining progressives to taking co-leadership with one in a movement that now spans the country. (Re-posted from the Wyoming Interfaith Network newsletter) ----- As we seek to end racism in Indian Country, we need to be able to talk across party lines.  It’s hard, I know.  But I am old enough to remember growing up in southeastern Ohio where it was the Democrats who were seen as

Is Racism Sin or Disease?

Racism is so insidious and pervasive.  Each morning I wake up to confess the sin of my racism, knowing that as I go about my day, I will have privilege granted to me because of the color of my skin.  I will participate in structures and systems that are meant for “whites only” even if there are no signs saying it. –  Bishop Karen P. Oliveto, Mountain Sky Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church Bishop Karen Oliveto wrote this to me in response to my blog last week where I mentioned the invisible signs in Riverton that still say “No dogs. No Indians.”  I feel encouraged by her confession.  My dream is that every white person in America, especially those in positions of power and influence, would daily confess to racism.  And then, of course, they would need to go and sin no more. I, as an agent for social change with the mission to end racism, seek how we can make that happen.  We have no easy solutions to dismantle 500 years of racism carefully implemented structurally a

Driving Miss Daisy

Friday is movie night for me.  On Netflix when I was making a selection, I almost skipped over  Driving Miss Daisy  because I had seen it before long ago.  But I decided seeing it with new eyes would be interesting. Early in the movie Miss Daisy is offended when her son suggests that she is a racist.  She snaps back that she’s not a racist citing as evidence that she has never participated in a Ku Klux Klan lynching.  Throughout the movie, racism is repeated over and over including when she goes to hear Martin Luther King speak and her son turns her invitation down to go with her because it would hurt his business and suggests she instead take Hoke, her African American chauffeur.  Hoke also refuses her invitation because she doesn’t invite him until they are almost there.  Hoke let her know that he knew she had the tickets for a couple of weeks.  But after many years in relationship, Miss Daisy names Hoke her best friend, even more important to her than her son. Does the mo