Shining a Light on Institutional Racism

The Basics

Backstory

Vicki,

It’s been a while since I initially reached out following Orlando Speaks about potential opportunities to write for Peace & Justice Institute on a pro bono or paid basis. Over the past few months, we’ve chatted a few times, and since then I’ve sent many samples of my work, attended PJI seminar at your invitation, and at your request I’ve even written another article about that seminar all in the hopes that you would see the benefits I would bring to PJI and that we might at the very least dialog.

While you’ve got your finger on the pulse of larger issues in central Florida, this situation in which I find myself with you — a Person of Color and a disabled person reaching out to make in-roads to someone in a position of power only to have their efforts tepidly rebuffed with no effort to follow through — is yet another example of how and why so many People of Color feel marginalized in central Florida and America today.

People discern how they are regarded from the manner in which others respond to them, not just in word, but in deed. The tag line in a couple of your emails reads, “All People. All Voices. All Matter.” Based on our interaction, I get the distinct impression that this person’s voice doesn’t matter at all.

When people show you who they are, believe them.

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“…I feel as if you’re bullying me.”

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Proof of purchase (also known as “the receipts”)

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“I’d like to speak with the manager, please.”

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Conclusion: talk is cheap

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