Penny L. Williams 
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Re: “Oakland Playwright Says Berkeley Rep Theatre Discriminated Against Black Audience Members

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.

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Posted by Penny L. Williams on 07/15/2015 at 7:40 PM

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