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Facilitated By Cathy Taylor
January 18, 2017
My neighborhood is in a rural community in Wisconsin. When I tell you this story...you might not think a neighborhood like this really exists. It is September of 2016. The presidential election is heating up and people are angry, hurtful to one another and an air of prejudice and racial tension fills the air. I have been upset. What are we coming to? Why do we treat each other this way? But then one warm fall afternoon, I took my dogs for a walk. It was late afternoon and the sun was at it's peak for the day. People were out everywhere. Walking dogs....pit bulls, beagles, tiny yorkies and labs. But this is what I saw. As I walked down the street two women dressed in the most beautiful Indian garb walked toward me. Did you ever notice that when people from India are walking, they hold their arms behind them. Both women smiled and nodded hello. As I turned the corner, John and Bill were outside in their garden. They have been a couple for 30 years now. They waved and hollered a hello. A few houses down, a muslim man was sitting on his stoop. His wife, her head covered in a burka sat nearby. They looked up shyly and gave me eye contact. I passed by quietly. As I went around the last corner, I saw the neighbors outside with their four children. In his yard a TRUMP sign and directly facing it, the neighbor on the other side had a Clinton/Kaine sign. The last two houses on the block were the icing on the cake. In once duplex, Mexican music and laughter was floating through the air. The Mexicans that lived there were having a party. These young people worked at the popular Mexican restaurant in town. They were speaking in Spanish and just having a great time. Directly across from the them....another TRUMP sing..."Make America Great Again." A confederate flag and another flag..."Don't tread on me...a bumper sticker on the truck...."You will take my guns away over my cold dead body. I could not help but chuckle.