Racism    is    perhaps    the    most    elusive, penetrating,   and   permeating   challenge in   our   society.   So   daunting   a   question   is racism   that   is   often   avoided.   When   it   is discussed,       the       result       is       often unmanageable    and    unsolvable.    What often   follows   is   a   reassuring   statement. "We   have   come   a   long   way."   It   is   true that   we   have,   but   have   we   come   far enough? January   9,   five   different   people:   Sonia Davis,    Michael    Grey,   Ana    Diaz,    Jerry Clark   and   Danny   Choriki   shared   their stories   during   "A   Community   Dialog   on Race"   at   the   Billings   Public   Library.   And   these   were   real   powerful   stories!   The organizer   of   the   event   is   Kari   McIntyre   Kaiser.   The   moderator   of   event   is   a   writer Russel Rowland. They both have done a wonderful job! All   five   panelists   have   their   own   experiences   of   the   first   encounter   with   racism. All   of   them   are   very   successful   now   by   what   they   are doing.   Panelists   discussed   the   main   stereotypes   associated   with   the   nationality   and   skin color.      For   example,   Michael   Grey   told   the   story   when   in   the   store   he   was   refused   to exchange   containers   with   water   because   according   to   the   manager   opinion,   he   stole them. Jerry   Clark   remembers   how   one   older   lady   seeing   him   began   to   keep   her   bag   closer   to herself.   Sonia   described   how   her   father   did   not   allow   her   to   get   a   job   as   a   maid   at   the hotel   because   it   is   considered   as   a   Mexican   job.   Many   of   them   for   a   long   time   could   not even   imagine   that   racism   can   directed   to   them.   "I   considered   myself   white",   Ana   Diaz admitted,   because   in   her   because   in   her   homeland   Peru   she   really   belonged   to   the descendants of white Europeans. But in the United States, she was cast into Latina. The   discussion   was   amazing   and   powerful.   More   than   two   hours   seemed   a   second.   More than   a   hundred   visitors   were   imbued   with   stories   that   were   heard.   "It   is   very   important   to talk   about   such   things   from   the   first   person,"   City   Council   Rep   Denise   Joy   said.   "After   all, only then do you begin to feel real empathy". "There   is   only   one   race   -   the   human   race,"   Clark   said. And   this   is   the   main   idea,   which   is important to understand everyone who was at the event. Videos Russell Rowland https://youtu.be/wHhxnVtltM4 Michael Grey  https://youtu.be/cbR3ZSn3OPE Sonia Davis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rda43qk3wYE&t=95s Ana Diaz https://youtu.be/QqJsB4ik8Zo Jerry Clark https://youtu.be/tD4Xymp7ekA Danny Choriki https://youtu.be/A0Ed0LJymmo
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  No room in the hotel for a Native American guy, "N" word and Mexican job: five stories about race and racism in Billings
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Racism    is    perhaps    the    most elusive,        penetrating,        and permeating     challenge     in     our society.   So   daunting   a   question is   racism   that   is   often   avoided. When   it   is   discussed,   the   result is     often     unmanageable     and unsolvable.   What   often   follows is   a   reassuring   statement.   "We have    come    a    long    way."    It    is true   that   we   have,   but   have   we come far enough? January   9,   five   different   people:   Sonia   Davis,   Michael   Grey,   Ana Diaz,   Jerry   Clark   and   Danny   Choriki   shared   their   stories   during   "A Community   Dialog   on   Race"   at   the   Billings   Public   Library.   And these        were        real powerful   stories!   The organizer   of   the   event is        Kari        McIntyre Kaiser.                   The moderator   of   event   is a        writer        Russel Rowland.    They    both have          done          a wonderful job! All   five   panelists   have their                       own experiences     of     the first     encounter     with racism.   All   of   them   are   very   successful   now   by   what   they   are doing.   Panelists   discussed   the   main   stereotypes   associated   with the   nationality   and   skin   color.      For   example,   Michael   Grey   told   the story   when   in   the   store   he   was   refused   to   exchange   containers with   water   because   according   to   the   manager   opinion,   he   stole them. Jerry         Clark   how   one   older lady        seeing him    began    to keep    her    bag closer             to herself.    Sonia described   how her    father    did not    allow    her to   get   a   job   as a    maid    at    the hotel    because it                     is considered    as a   Mexican   job. Many   of   them   for   a   long   time   could   not   even   imagine   that   racism can    directed    to    them.    "I    considered    myself    white",    Ana    Diaz admitted,   because   in   her   because   in   her   homeland   Peru   she   really belonged    to    the    descendants    of    white    Europeans.    But    in    the United States, she was cast into Latina. The   discussion   was   amazing   and   powerful.   More   than   two   hours seemed   a   second.   More   than   a   hundred   visitors   were   imbued   with stories   that   were   heard.   "It   is   very   important   to   talk   about   such things   from   the   first   person,"   City   Council   Rep   Denise   Joy   said. "After all, only then do you begin to feel real empathy". "There   is   only   one   race   -   the   human   race,"   Clark   said.   And   this   is the   main   idea,   which   is   important   to   understand   everyone   who   was at the event. Videos Russell Rowland https://youtu.be/wHhxnVtltM4 Michael Grey  https://youtu.be/cbR3ZSn3OPE Sonia Davis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rda43qk3wYE&t=95s Ana Diaz https://youtu.be/QqJsB4ik8Zo Jerry Clark https://youtu.be/tD4Xymp7ekA Danny Choriki https://youtu.be/A0Ed0LJymmo
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  No room in the hotel for a Native American guy, "N" word and Mexican job: five stories about race and racism in Billings