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What moments of obvious and subtle racism did Hubert have to overcome? Which of these barriers would he still encounter today? Are there some that have abated?

Created: 08/17/22

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Posted Aug. 17, 2022 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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What moments of obvious and subtle racism did Hubert have to overcome? Which of these barriers would he still encounter today? Are there some that have abated?

What moments of obvious and subtle racism did Hubert have to overcome? Which of these barriers would he still encounter today? Are there some that have abated?


Posted Aug. 18, 2022 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
lorrained

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RE: What moments of obvious and subtle ...

He was called racist names. The jobs he was getting were the lowest level regardless of his capabilities. Joyce's family totally rejected their relationship based on his race. He persevered with confidence that it would change. Unfortunately these days there is a rise in racism across the board. In some places minority areas have less services available such as hospitals and medical support locations. There is a movement underway to eradicate references to the history of slavery and encampments in this country. School books are being modified in the state of Florida to downplay racial history and other history that the governor considers "offensive". It is a slippery slope.


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kimk

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RE: What moments of obvious and subtle ...

Certainly the blatant racism he encountered in his workplace wouldn't be tolerated today. I was actually surprised that his first supervisor fired the white guy for starting trouble; back in the 1950s I'm not sure how frequently that would have occurred.

Today, I think that it's possible that his mixed marriage would still be met with raised eyebrows in some circles. In my own state of Oregon there was a story in the news about a bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, so there are still plenty of people out there who want to tell others who they can or can't marry.


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jenniferj

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RE: What moments of obvious and subtle ...

Hubert immediately experienced prejudice with work. He was only offered low paying jobs and once hired, was treated inferior to his white coworkers. Joyce's family turned their back on them, as well, due to his skin color. They were also denied housing since they were a mixed couple. While I do feel there are more opportunities now including legal protections, unfortunately, racism is still present. In today's world, he would still be overlooked for promotions, not approved for housing in certain neighborhoods, have assumptions made about who he is without knowing him, and have an increased risk of incarceration.


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terriej

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RE: What moments of obvious and subtle ...

He encountered blatant racism in his job. Joyce encountered it with her neighbors. Unfortunately, I think they would encounter the same in some areas of our country.


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