Barry Spector's Blog – April 2015 Archive (3)

Barry’s Blog # 132: Deconstructing a Gatekeeper, Part Two

Knowing that I write about how fear of the Other is a major theme in American myth and politics, a friend recommends a New York Times article by David Brooks: “On Conquering Fear” (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/03/opinion/david-brooks-on-conquering-fear.html). It references the Passover prayer book (the Haggadah) and offers “subtler strategies and techniques to conquer…

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Added by Barry Spector on April 29, 2015 at 2:45pm — 1 Comment

Barry’s Blog # 131: The Parable of the Chickens

I have a group of three-year old chickens. This week I’ve introduced some new ones. I’ve done everything I can to ease their entry, including keeping them segregated but visible before letting them out into the coop. Still, the older hens are attacking and traumatizing the younger ones.

Chilli pecking Curry_blurry action  Anyone who has chickens knows this ancient story. The older hens are…

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Added by Barry Spector on April 23, 2015 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 130: Privilege, Part Two of Two

A reader, let’s call her Barbara, responded to my previous blog on white privilege with some heartfelt and sincere comments. So I’d like to pursue this delicate but necessary discussion further.

But I’m not talking about three things. One is overt racism, the behavior that we’re hearing so much about, from fraternity chants to police murders.

The second is what I call opportunistic racism, that nasty language that conservative politicians and pundits regularly…

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Added by Barry Spector on April 16, 2015 at 4:35pm — No Comments

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