middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel «« I’ll make a point about racism with three references: ONE: this is an audio recording of Hana and me dealing with a petty fight over common-use grill space at Horizons West in Siesta Key Florida TWO: in the headlines is a Puerto Rican woman harassed by a white American man in an Illinois park THREE: fresh is a viral vid of a White couple harassing a black couple at a Florida pool. Dear kind readers: If you were to listen to my recording it’s easy to imagine me feeling unwelcome at Horizons West. Sincerely, Tom Doody. In my recording there is no room for an argument that I was targeted for who I am rather I was targeted for what I did. Like MLK said, “judged by the content of their character not by the color of their skin”. I was judged by character. “Puerto Rican” is not a race, but the effect of the verbal attack because she was wearing a PR shirt is racism. The black couple at the Florida pool were targeted, because they are black. The black couple can’t become not black and the Puerto Rican woman cannot change where she was born. The attack on these people is similar yet importantly different to the attack on me at Horizons West. While I could have changed my behavior and yielded to the angry woman the PR woman can’t change what about her is seen as offensive. The black couple can’t change to avoid the attack on them. If me being targeted in Florida had been caused by my skin color, then everyone with my skin color has reason to suspect they’d be targeted. Again, “Puerto Rican” is not a race, but being attack for something inherently natural about the person makes the target-PR attack and the target-black attack racism. My Florida event was offensive, but not nearly as offensive if I had been targeted for the color of my skin. »» about me 302-990-2346 contact us

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