Editor’s Article


Editor’s Corner

Dr. Barbara West

Are you a racist? I have been pondering this question a lot lately. I have heard and read some things from our own Black Nurses which seem racist to me. Sometimes we don’t think it is racist because “WE” say it, but if a person of another race would say the same thing, we would brand them a racist and want to burn down their house. During our recent Ruby Celebration, a couple of people, not many thank God, stated that they would have preferred a Black DJ to play the music. Does it really matter what color the hand is that spins the records? (Sorry I’m dating myself). Did he have to be Black to play music that many people could and did dance to? Did it matter that a Black person (myself) helped to pick out some of the music? All some people could see was that he was Asian and not Black. What would we think if we heard a White person say, “I wish we had a White DJ”?

We currently live in a very multicultural city, and we need to embrace all cultures. Many of us have friends and relatives who not only date people other than our race, but actually marry and have children with them. Do we exclude them because love is colorblind? Now granted, the people who I know had negative things to say about the DJ were self-serving, (and if you ask me personally, I will tell you why I said this), but SDBNA is an inclusive organization, and several of our members are of a predominate ‘other’ race or racially mixed. One of our missions is to combat health disparities in our community (Black or African American), and I think SDBNA is a frontrunner is helping to eradicate these disparities, but we are not alone in the battle. It takes a village, and we are a part of that village, whether we are Black, White, Asian or Other. I found this cute, but thought provoking quiz on-line. There are no right or wrong answers, but give it a try and hopefully it will cause you to think about the question, “Am I a racist”?

Are all Men Created Equal?

Sure, besides rednecks, ghetto people, fobs, and Mexicans
Affirmative, although some races are even cooler than my own
True, we’re all the same, race is a social construct with little biological significance
Yep, people are people
No, some people are naturally different. You can see it with your eyes!

How do your friends look?

Over 95% of my Friends are the same race me
Over 80% of my friends are the same race as me
At least 75% of my friends are the same race as me
Around 50% of my friends are the same race as me
Less than 40% of my friends are the same race as me
Less than 20% of my friends are the same race as me

What kind of neighborhood do you live in?

Predominantly my race, and that’s how I prefer it
Predominantly my race, but I can’t help it
Mostly my race, but hey people live around others similar to themselves
All another race, but I can’t help it
All another race, and I like it fine
It’s about as mixed as it gets, and I like it fine

Would you marry outside your race?

I would but my family wouldn’t like it
Whoever I fall in love with
Yes, I WILL marry outside my race
No, mixed kids are generally confused
Never, that’s wrong
I don’t think about race in relationships

Are stereotypes true?

Yes, statistics don’t lie
Well, there’s truth to every stereotype
A little
Not really
My race does have some negatives
No people are products of their environment

How old are you?

GI Generation (1901-1926)
Mature/Silents (1927-1945)
Baby Boomer (1946-1964)
Generation X (1965-1980)
Generation Y/Millennium (1981-2000)
Generation Z/Boomlets (after 2001)

What kind of music do you listen to?

Music made by my beautiful people
Mostly music made by my people
Music made by my people with the exception of an artist or two
Mostly music made by people of a different race
Everything including world music

Where have you traveled?

Outside the country numerous times
Outside the country a few times
Outside my state numerous times
Places where the people look like me!
I love my country and never leave it!

Out of this list, who do you admire the most?

David Duke
Nelson Mandela
Donald Trump
My mom or dad
George Bush
Jesus, Buddha, or the prophet Mohammed

Are you Racist?

No, I am the most open-minded person in the world
Yes, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. I love my people
I couldn’t be, all my friends are different races
No, but I do love my people first
No, even though I usually hang out with my own

Remember, there are no right or wrong answers, but sometimes I think we need to check our thinking and our thoughts about other races and cultures. “It takes a village to raise a child but it will also take a village to bring about health equity, right?”

Dr. Barbara West


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