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I'm a 3rd generation native of California. Despite it's reputation California is one of the most racist states I've lived in. I've lived in Wisconsin, New York and Texas. I came to this conclusion after living in Houston,TX for ten years.
I was treated with respect as a fellow human being there probably because Houston has a large Black professional class. When I encountered people they couldn't assume I didn't belong. I could have been a senator, lawyer, doctor - any profession you can name. Not so in the California Bay Area.
You always get those looks as if you're out of place. There's always an undercurrent of suspicion. Clerks ignore you in the store. White people step in front of you as if their needs are more important. The underlying pattern in interracial encounters is very similar to what one would expect in the very deep south.
When you experience this several times a day, day after day, you become an expert in identifying all the ways people use to make you feel not equal to them. People can claim all they want that racism was not their intention but some behavior is so ingrained it operates subconsciously and the effect is the same - no respect for the dignity of all human life.
I urge those who read this article and the blog post by Judy to ask do you have a clear picture of both sides?
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I'm so sad to read this on many levels. In my observation (I was granted a ticket as well that night as part time staff) Several house managers and front of house paid staff were all acting as "ushers" that night to help staff a very full final dress rehearsal. There were also several young Youth Speaks volunteers helping who don't know the theatre as well as staff. I point this out because Judy's assumption that a "black emissary" was sent to her assumes that this black woman was no one's boss. But she very likely was. An African American woman manages the front of house operations and was standing at the entrance helping field problems all night. I know this because I had to have her permission to sit myself. Several women of color are house managers as well. Whom ever this was, she likely heald a ranking higher than the white usher, wether she wore a name tag stating that or not. I hope that no matter what the situation was at its core, that the theater further engages patrons of color more effectively. I hope Judy reaches out to marketing and development staff further, her input would be valued, and real life dialogue would be helpful.
I don't think there were any racial discrimination going on. I honestly feel that Miss Junita had some sort of entitlement as in "Do you know whom I am". She prolly felt offended that she had to move and had to cry a racial discrimination. Even when the theater apologized over the miscommunication, she had to make a list of demands to the theater for changes before she can accept the apology. Seems really unreasonable in my opinion.
I am sorry this happened to Juanita and her friends. I hope Berkeley rep reflects on the situation to avoid this in the future, and considers the constructive suggestions for making the theater more welcoming to diverse audiences.
I have been ushering at Berkeley Rep since 1999 (a volunteer position) and have seen a great variety of performances covering a multitude of races and cultures. I have never seen seats reserved with people's names. All the tickets have seat #s printed on them. If I understand correctly, you were given free tickets that had the words "general admission" printed on them. I think the usher was trying to find good seats for you, but was unable to give you seats reserved for crew members. I doubt anyone considered your race when they found seats double booked. For all I know, the tech crew could have been black.
HOGWASH. Any excuse to call something racism. Someone cut in front of me while I was driving. Racism. HOGWASH.
I don't believe this was racial at all. I think that if the patrons had been whites the same would have happened.
Beautiful Art! My Girlfriend/life partner has DID and we have been through a lot together! At times I was afraid but She and I are still together! I understand a good deal about how DID works.
And this! http://urbanairmarket.com/urban-air-market-oakland/
the Bay area, the rich parts anyway, is all about smug and pretentious
This is the weekend's top five events? This all sounds terrible. Smug, pretentious and not woth anyone's time or money. Un-fun. Uninteresting.
1 Black Panther Party / food as revolution
2 lyrics grappling with colonialism
3 Ideas in Feminist Media / multimedia “kitchen sink”
4 A 'collaboratively promiscuous avant-garde percussionist'
5 A glowing green fog of smugness
So awful. Sorry Game of Thrones has never been better and if anyone hasn't seen this season, check that out instead. Or clean your garage. Or anything but these lame 'events'.
I miss you so much hun! RIP
Take heart, Powell's will be a good custodian of the Shakespeare and Co. heritage. They are the largest and finest used bookstore in the country and we, in Oregon, are proud that they're here and soon to be there in my much- loved Berkeley.
Walter Street? Really? Come on, you guys. You're local press. Get it right. And if that's not possible at least fix it faster than this.
It is at moments like this that I feel relieved I am away from my beloved Berkeley and spared the agony of bearing witness to Berkeley's most prized cultural artefacts being dismantled. I could have wept the day Cody's on Telegraph closed years ago. Then Black Oak moved to San Pablo. Make no mistake, I am as much culpable as all of you bibliophiles are. We all succumbed to the siren call of Amazon, when we could all have pitched in and helped to preserve these stores. They were a vital gateway to culture and what was happening in the wider world. I spent so much time in these bookstores, invariably overspending way beyond my means, and I don't regret it one bit. Every time an independent bookstore closes, the community loses a bit of its soul, its heart.
Rest in peace brother
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