Michael Kruse facilitated the October 10, 2021 service with a challenging overview of racism in our community and nation. Racism in this context includes African Americans, Indigenous Americans, Asian Americans and other people of color.
"We live in a racist nation, built by slaves, where we exterminated 12 million native
Americans, invaded and took over a sovereign country (Mexico) and continue to discriminate, injure and kill people of color. Institutional racism is rampant in housing , education, hiring, promotion, the media, military and government.
I was educated in a segregated Phoenix High School due to real estate red lining.
Not a single Black or Native American in my graduating class of hundreds. I graduated from ASU, that was 90% white. One of my first jobs was working as a border agricultural inspector in AZ. My fellow workers called Black people “Leroys”!"
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