Posts Tagged ‘ racism ’


Jun 29th, 2013 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Having grown up in Texas, which is an indicator of where I am going with this, I inherited a variety of prejudices that it has taken years to overcome. I grew up in a heavily racially segregated world. Blacks and whites were separated in their conclaves and never the twain did meet. Oh, sure there were roles that blacks were expected to play, but only as prescribed by whites. There were stores where they could shop, gathering places for “them,” services they might render. But, these were carefully laid out and well understood.

By the time the Supreme Court handed down Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954, I had been saturated with the deep seated prejudice characteristic of East Texas and the Deep South. I wasn’t even ashamed of it. After

Seniors: Emails that Hurt

Jul 25th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It saddens me when receiving emails and other messages that communicate, likely without realizing that the result hurts and disrespects. Particularly is this so when the subject deals with persons of other races, religious persuasions, and orientations. Racism and bigotry is a constant battle, especially in circles of people who show religious piety.

Oh, come on, they will say, it is just a joke. Yes, but often a joke injures and shows little or no regard to the target of the “joke.” It also ignores the feelings of those of us who do not share such insults and injury. I grew up in a part of the south where such verbiage has long been a common practice, such behavior has long been held as acceptable. In order to hold membership in the cultural club, one both tells and joins in gales of laughter when ethnic and other “jokes” are told. It proves something. It proves that those in the circle are part of the club. It proves that dishonor is an acceptable behavior that somehow raises the status of the ‘teller’ over the ‘object’. It