“There is no understanding of the real situation by the authorities or the general public,” he said. “We as Romanians want to have someone else to blame for our own mistakes, and the Roma people are our own scapegoats. If we blame them, maybe we will look better in our own eyes and in the eyes of the world community.” http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/breaking-through-walls-of-bias/?hp
The last sentence says it all–keep the focus off the racist and biased people to increase standing, importance and sense of power among the racist, biased people. It provides a distraction and under the guise of the enemy of my enemy is my friend builds a sense of group unity. The title however is a bit deceiving: since the only breakthrough is the taking of pictures. Education and information changes things and people and a plan is needed. I like this interview John Duffy of 3C Interactive, on Inspiration and Aspiration – NYTimes.com
I am suggesting everyone concerned about racism and bias make a plan for the next 100 days, no matter who wins any US election, for what they will do with real actions to build understanding and confront racism and bias whenever and wherever they find it. Part of my plan includes posting here every day for the next 100 days, finding ways to publicize this site, writing letters to both politicians and business leaders and setting up the final version, with artwork included of the teaching tool, Story of the Chief ( found at http://www.storyofthechief.com/ )Will you join me in this? What’s your 100 day plan to really make something different in a good way?