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Re: “Gray Brooks will change the name of "Hattie Mae Williams Called Me Captain"

Thank you sir for considering other perspectives and encouraging dialogue.

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Posted by JusticeDurham on 10/10/2015 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Gray Brooks defends "Hattie Mae Williams Called Me Captain," but he's willing to consider a name change

It's really hard to read Gray's comments having placed Pizzeria Toro at the top of my Durham restaurant list. It's a shame that our students and general public aren't required to learn about race theory before leaving school. This guy is a prime example. It's amazing how he considers himself color blind in relation to Hattie Mae, but certain with a few questions, he would find examples of her racial Otherness, even if only in the context of how others treated her as different. And to be clear, not because he is an unrighteous person, but because in our culture and society, we are taught to place an enormous amount of power in these superficial markers of race. Seeing a person of color walking down the street at night or a white person can often lead to different internal stirrings, shaped by media, systemic injustice, etc. I hope Captain America can become aware of his white privilege (ideally taking even just a short weekend "Dismantling Racism" or "Racial Equity Institute" training or watching "The Color of Fear"),especially given his power, privilege and influence. Perhaps he can really do something to memorialize his loving memory of Ms. Hattie Mae. Dear Captain Pizzeria Toro man, your color blind and tone deaf response naiveté notwithstanding, I applaud you for being open and honest to have a dialogue and to consider how your behaviors and actions may serve to perpetuate and marginalize the community you hope to serve. #blacklivesmatter #hattiemaecalledmeracist #WeCanDoMore #DurhamExpectsMore

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Posted by JusticeDurham on 10/08/2015 at 1:21 AM

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