Is Racism a Fixture of Nursing Academia? - page 5

Check out this activism thread + article posted Timely article from Nursing Spectrum by Carrie Farella, RN, MA Masthead Date June 03, 2002 School of Hard Knocks Is Racism a Fixture of... Read More

  1. by   Rustyhammer
    I'm reading all this and can't help but recall my own childhood.
    I am Hispanic and American Indian on My mothers side and Welsh from the old man (What a combo eh?).
    I remember growing up never knowing who would be at the house. We would have black africans over for the weekend or Irish immigrants and everything inbetween. My parents were the type who would meet someone and invite them home. We kids learned much about the cultures of others and we were encouraged to write and visit the friends we met. Racial slurs were as unheard of and as untolerated as cussing in front of ones mother. Respect for others and their property was the rule that was NEVER broken.
    We continue that tradition now with my own family. We have a modest house and ALL are welcomed with love and respect. I have to reprimand my kids for fighting with each other but I have never heard them tell a racial, gay or religious joke or be disrespectful towards anothers belief.
    I am proud of them.
    I find it hard to believe that racism is still alive in this "enlightened" age (but I know it's true).
    It saddens me to know it's true.
    end of rant...
    Love and Peace,
    -Russell
  2. by   teeituptom
    Howdy Yall
    From deep in the heart of Texas

    Wow, we are dealing with racism,ageism,sexism all over again. Me, I dont have the time to deal with it. I consider it all to be on an individual basis, but as part of society we should all rise above it. Will this ever happen, not in my lifetime anyway. Im to old to get fired up anymore over issues and I dont discuss them either.
    But has anyone here ever read the study published in 1995, called " The Bell Curve". I forget the gentlemen who published it.
  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Russell, as always I love your post. I would be "honored" to have you and yours as guests in my home. Color, creed, religion, sexual preferences, gender...no matter. I just want to deal w/geniune and POSITIVE people. You are one.....I imagine your patients LOVE YOU! *peace*
  4. by   pkmom
    what's the beginning of every racists joke? ....:spin: :spin: !

    That's the only racists joke allowed in my house.
  5. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    originally posted by teshiee
    i know susy k there is racism all over but you know what i am so grateful that my parents didn't teach me to hate. i can get along with anyone that likes to laugh. i love working with different people it is a shame we are still dealing with this dark side of humanity. anyone that knows me i am easy going i honestly don't look for racism because like the other nurses say a lot of people don't really dish it out. it only takes one bad rotten apple to spoil for everyone. i don't work in clicks especially with us vs them i hate that if i don't like someone it is their personality their race has no bearing. lets face we all bleed red and poop various colors lets just get along!

    susy k how are you doing anyhow are guys busy in ob? take care.
    folks who know me know that i like to get along with everyone :kiss...i was raised to respect all kinds of people...i grew-up lutheran but went to catholic high school where i really got a big dose of diverse folks from various ethnic backgrounds...the student body ratio of blacks to whites then was 3:10. from there, i attended penn state university for only one year because that place was soooo different & the folks there weren't too kind...i guess that catholic philosophy worked during high school because people there were taught to be more tolerate & willing to learn about their fellow man. i'm not saying that there weren't any racism there at all, but what was there slowly changed because folks talked & worked-out their differences. by senior year, everyone were like family to me & i just wish that the rest of the world could learn the lessons that were taught to us at that school .

    i've been rised to be what you call a free spirit & people person...that's one reason why i became a nurse & joined the reserves...i really do :wink2: enjoy diversity!!!
  6. by   thisnurse
    this thread IS uncomfortable. id rather not deal with rascism, agism, or sexism but they are out there. the rascists where i work have their reasons for being the way they are...valid or not, logical or not. i dont think they woke up and said lets hate white ppl. its learned. one of my biggest jobs as a mom was to make sure my kids didnt grow up that way. i feel ive done well. i hope ive done well. and i think thats the most we can do about it.
    i try very hard to pay no attention to this attitude at work. its pure ignorance and thats all. tho there are times id like to ask them to please stop making me pay for the sins of people who werent even my anscestors.
  7. by   live4today
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    The best way to teach others how to behave (or to teach others ANYTHING) is by setting a good example.
    That is all I have to say about that!
    -Russell
    Rusty, I have a favorite quote written by a six year old girl that says: "If you want to learn how to love, start with someone you hate." Our ability to love another person always depends on how well we love ourselves - IMHO.
  8. by   live4today
    Originally posted by Peeps Mcarthur


    Like Teshie says "stop the hate, don't participate"

    Now, that would make a wonderful t-shirt slogan, Teshie!
    I think I will have one made!

    STOP THE HATE! DON'T PARTICIPATE! :kiss

    FANTASTIC SLOGAN! I LOVE IT!
  9. by   boggle
    Nurses (and nurses to be) seem to bring their own culture into the profession, and adapt to the INDIVIDUALS they deal with.

    I think Nursing has it's own culture- where we care for the best and worst of the world on usually the worst days of their lives. It's hard to let patients negative/nasty comments roll off your back, How much can you take? So keep in mind where it is coming from, Set limits when possible, and change opinions one person at a time.

    I figure I'm not likely to change ingrained prejudices during a persons acute illness. I aim to be seen as something bigger than my ethnicity- as a NURSE.

    Faculty, coworkers, administration, Docs, on the other hand are NOT sick patients. You bet they are held to a higher standard of behavior!!

    Hang in there all you nurses. Know you are valued!!!
  10. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    now that was beautifully said !!! thank you :blushkiss!!!
  11. by   JeannieM
    What a painful, beautiful thread this has been. While I feel for the pain that LasVegas RN and others like her have been made to suffer because of their race, I also feel the acceptance of all people that my professional peers feel. This thread made me at times ashamed to be a white woman, but it always made me proud to be a nurse. Thank you to my colleagues.:kiss
  12. by   delirium
    Jeannie:
    I would never presume to tell you you should not feel as you do, but I hope you don't honestly feel ashamed to be a white woman. You are what you are. The totality of the racism issue is not because you are white, and just because you are not part of a minority does not mean that you should be ashamed.

    I'd like to say one more, very personal thing. I don't feel this thread has been uncomfortable, on the whole I'm pretty comfortable with discrimination and unfair treatment. That's a scary thing in and of itself.

    I've always envied 'visual' minorities, and by that I mean people of color, or handicapped, or whatever would put you in that minority category. Being lesbian is something covert, hidden. I live a constant struggle to be as 'out' as possible with other people always saying 'its nobody's business' and 'keep it to yourself'. Well, look, if I was black I couldn't keep that to myself and people couldn't very well tell me that my blackness was too flamboyant and in your face for people.
    Well, they could say that I guess, but they'd be pretty damn stupid to say it out loud.

    I feel like I can never be out enough. I can never be as open as I would like to be, and I wish it was something that was just seen, instead of something I had to selectively reveal.

    That probably doesn't make sense to anyone, but somehow I feel better having said it.
  13. by   fergus51
    Mspurp, a friend in nursing school said the EXACT same thing. An asian student told her it was easier to be gay than be "coloured" and she replied that it could be harder at times because people expect you to keep your sexuality a secret.

    I never even thought much of race until we moved to the US as a teenager (mainly because my town in Canada was almost all white). I think racism is ingrained in our culture in subtle ways. We're passed the overt legal discrimination stage and now working on the hearts and minds.

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