Hubbuch needs Race Conscious Dialogues

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Such head-spinning display of contrasts in the April 24 Wednesday Journal. I was feeling somewhat hopeful (an uncommon occurrence in the last 2½ years) after reading the great write-up on Race Conscious Dialogues (a program in which both my husband and I have participated). 

Then I found John Hubbuch's "Confessions of a Lapsed Liberal" [Viewpoints] a few pages later and I almost lost my lunch. Wow, another old white guy thinks the achievement (I prefer "opportunity") gap is "unfixable" — shocker — probably because he just doesn't care. I personally am glad that our schools haven't given up even though past efforts haven't been successful.

He's also so offended that an Oak Park school updated their art display with more diverse depictions of community life. What exactly is the problem? No art was destroyed. I do like his idea of removing some of the honorary photos of past white citizens from public buildings; my guess is that had more people of color been on the committees (or in positions of power) deciding who should get honored, we'd see different and more colorful faces.

An added bonus he serves up at the end is, "I am very conflicted about abortion." Ummm, who cares? You've never had to think about personally making that choice. Be conflicted all you want, but trust women to make their own choice!

In this column, Hubbuch proves he knows nothing about racism and how it works; he could make some headway if he were to participate in Race Conscious Dialogues. Unfortunately, I think he's too far gone and has no interest.

I'll take your bait, Mr. Hubbuch. You are racist and misogynistic. You prove it again and again on the pages of this paper.

Deb Wolkstein

River Forest

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Bruce Kline  

Posted: May 3rd, 2019 11:08 AM

I imagine the answer to your question, Bridgett, is folks like Ms. Wolkstein really don't want to "have an honest conversation." In my experience what they are really calling for is not a conversation but rather a lecture ... and an angry one at that. And Ramona, well put. Her beliefs do have all the trappings of a religion. Ms. Wolkstein's world is a melanocentric one, whereby the melanin content of one's skin determines one's worth or one's sins. It is very much akin to the preachings of the original prophet of the melanin centric universe: Dr. Francis Cress Welsing.

Nick Polido  

Posted: May 3rd, 2019 8:58 AM

Alex Garcia  

Posted: May 3rd, 2019 4:22 AM

Deb: You are so woke! LOL.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: May 2nd, 2019 11:43 PM

Mrs. Wolkstein is the typical left wing neo-Marxist who has embraced her political ideology as a new religion. She attends Race Conscious Dialogues to confess her sins. She tithes by paying her huge tax bill on her million dollar mansion on Franklin St. She clearly wants Mr. Hubbuch damned to hell for his toxic white masculinity. She probably uses buzz words like "intersectionality" and believes all human behavior can be explained by her orthodox social justice theology. Lastly, the ultimate and original sin of being white can never be redeemed and thus must be paid for on a daily basis. Mrs. Wolkstein is delusional and confuses facts with feelings. Expecting a response from Mr. Cohen at any moment now.

Bridgett Baron  

Posted: May 2nd, 2019 9:52 PM

Deb, what is your goal with this letter to the editor? If you and your husband partook in Race Conscious Dialogues, and if you believe that such dialogues can be transformative, why would you write a public letter that is hostile ("Ummm, who cares?...You are racist and misogynistic. You prove it again and again on the pages of this paper.") and hopeless ("?he could make some headway if he were to participate in Race Conscious Dialogues. Unfortunately, I think he's too far gone and has no interest.")? //And your letter is not even *to* the person of your disdain, but *about* them.// The Race Conscious Dialogues website states, "Together, we are creating a brave and supportive space to show up, have honest conversation, and do hard work together."// How does writing this letter reflect that mission? How does it draw people towards wanting to engage in this work?

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