Open Dialogue IX
San Jose, California
Addressing the Tension Among Ethnic Groups
Convener: Gayle Waden
Participants: Abel Lopez, Keryl McCord
Challenges faced by Latino organizations are the same as those faced by African American organizations. Same problems with funders, media and entry into the rooms of power.
Change the perception of dominant culture. Support innovative/creative approaches to problem-solving, resist taking on the characteristics of the oppressor.
More in common than not—diminish the differences—acknowledge similar interests.
Don't buy into the hype of divisiveness as a result of the new census numbers.
Not accepting the social/political concept of race.