Flashback Friday – The Conversation

Anyone who knows me knows I love musicals and that West Side Story is one of my favorite movies.

Here a couple of my favorite scenes from the movie. 60 years ago, in 1957 West Side Story debuted on Broadway and the film adaptation released in October 1961.

I tell people all the time that the folks on my job are a potential HR nightmare. We were having the typical water cooler talk about recent events in the news – Trump, White Supremacists, Neo-Nazi’s, Racism, etc., etc., etc.

Then someone had the fortitude to bring up West Side Story and we all flipped our shit and collectively agreed that we should break out into song and dance to fight our battles and end disagreements. But more importantly, we were all somewhat amazed that in 2017 we’re still “pretending” to have this conversation.

Just out of curiosity, do you think we’ll ever be able to sit across from one another and have a truly adult conversation about race and race relations? And if so, how would you go about initiating the conversation?

2 thoughts on “Flashback Friday – The Conversation

  1. West Side Story is my favorite!

    If we are to sit down and talk about race relations, who will participate? I do hope it happens, but there are problems. My guess is that the vast majority of whites might be well intentioned, but they/we don’t understand the problem. How can you make someone understand the effects of racism if they don’t live it and are blind to it when it happens around them? Most don’t see the double standards.

    Perhaps, though, these freaking (trying to keep it clean) neo-nazis marching might just be the catalyst to make people who two years ago thought there was no race problem in America open their eyes and be willing to have that adult discussion. Perhaps having a president take the side of those with hate will shake enough people to their core that they decide to listen, to look around them and see.

    I hope so, because something has to give. We can’t continue like this and stay a healthy country.

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