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"Simone L. Fary" <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 10 Sep 1996 09:49:49 -0400
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        First of all, I guess I need to address the person
who said I "must be paranoid", and that I needed to look into
my own heart for signs of racism.  It's not that I am thin-
skinned, I just think that when contributors are attacked
personally (and this isn't the first or worst case of this I
have noticed) it just doesn't contribute to a good
environment for conversation.
        Secondly, in my original message, I said that SOME of
the bad animals had African-American voices.  I'm not sure that
just because some of the good animals also had AA voices, and
some of the bad ones were white that we should dismiss the
        When I was in high school, I had a very good friend
who was Ethiopian.  I was quite surprised when one day,
another member of our circle said that "Lily is ok, she's
not like those other 'n-words' ".  Sadly, I think that
this attitude is frequently reflected in the larger society,
and thus Hollywood movies.  If the African-American looks,
talks and dresses like us then they are alright.  I've
noticed alot of well-meaning white folks who might
easily say "I couldn't be racist, some of my best friends
are black" still seem to cross to the other side of the
street when they see a black man approaching.
        All comments, both favorable and unfavorable, of
the IDEAS expressed above welcome.  :-)
Simone Fary
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