Out & About—Walk Against Hate

Out & About San Diego

I spent five days in Utah and Wyoming a couple of weeks ago for the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. Although people came from all over the world, the diversity of those people was very disappointing to me.

Out of the thousands and thousands and thousands of people whom I saw, I counted five black people, four Asian people, and thousands and thousands and thousands of old white men.

I suspect that, considering the role that blacks and Asians played in building out the railroads in this country a hundred years ago, none of them or their descendents wanted to take time off and spend money to help the progeny of white slave drivers celebrate.

Yesterday, here in San Diego, the Anti-Defamation League sponsored a Walk Against Hate. I saw more diversity in three hours than I did in five days in Utah and Wyoming last week! There were over 3,000 people registered to walk, as well as over 160 teams. Many of the teams were from elementary, middle, and high schools.

Anti-Defamation League's Walk Against Hate in San Diego on 5/19/19

Anti-Defamation League's Walk Against Hate in San Diego on 5/19/19

I haven’t been thrilled about what’s going on in the world right now due to the extreme amount of hatred that the current president has encouraged, but to see moms, dads, and children out celebrating diversity by walking against hate did give me some encouragement, and in some cases, caused a few raindrops to fall from my eyes.

Anti-Defamation League's Walk Against Hate in San Diego on 5/19/19

Anti-Defamation League's Walk Against Hate in San Diego on 5/19/19

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5 thoughts on “Out & About—Walk Against Hate

  1. mizqui

    Russel Ray, I LOVE THIS PIECE. NOH8 looks great, (like the tat on your face). I read every word of your piece and savored each moment. I’m so very glad that you were on deck to capture these moments; they are all a part of America’s United success.

    When we learn, we get better.

    Keep snapping & chronicling – I’m watching & reading,
    Qui

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      1. mizqui

        BOTH of those pieces are EXCELLENT STUFF, Russell. Your life is an amazing journey. Check this out, I, too am from Texas. Hello there, neighbor. I’m actually from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

        I learned a great deal from BOTH of your pieces. I knew that Texas was a racist place, but I really didn’t see it too up close or in my face. Though now that I think about it, that is because I was raised in primarily black neighborhoods in Fort Worth, TX – also raised Catholic and went to Catholic school. I interacted with white people daily at school, public & social events, football games, etc. and still I had no clue that any of them, let alone a majority of them were hard bred racist. It’s sad to think about really, because I raised my kids to believe “that thing” (racism) was dying off and they believed me – only to be smacked in the face with reality after they graduated from college and entered into the real world.

        HOPE LIVES in your story Russell, which kind of proves me right, still — “that thing is dying off.”

        Keep living, learning and loving – there’s more still!
        – Qui
        Keep writing, too. #GoodStuff

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  2. Darlene Jones

    I expect you are spot on in your analysis of the train crowds and yes, the walk against hate shows that we still can find reasonable people in this mess we are currently experiencing (here in Canada too).

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