Do you avoid talking about politics with someone in your family, for fear of conflict? Have you clashed with a friend over an issue, and sadly found that more conversation made you both dig into your positions more deeply? Read More
Posts Tagged ‘From the Director’
Since the day he announced his candidacy, the President’s statements on immigration have provoked intense reactions, both for and against. It’s pretty emotional. But how familiar are you – or are most Wisconsinites — with the people the President is talking about? With immigrants living in communities throughout Wisconsin today, or with the laws that govern their lives, the jobs they hold, or the measurable as well as unquantifiable effects their presence has on all of our lives? Read More
Years ago, a friend of a friend was telling a story about a local horse deal, when she said something that took me aback. Describing the deal, she said she had been “jewed down.” Not only had I never heard a neighbor make a reference to Jews in any context, I had never in my life heard someone standing right in front of me say something anti-Semitic.
Puzzling over it later, I was sure of two things: 1) that the person who used it was unthinking in her incorporation of an ugly stereotype into her vocabulary, and thus at some level into her worldview, and 2) that if she were asked to think about what it meant for Jewish people like me for such a phrase to be used, she would see the darker significance and gladly stop using it.
When I saw reports of white supremacists with Nazi flags marching in Charlottesville, Read More