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2012-04-11 / Opinion


Looking to an America where people are judged on who they are, not on the color of their skin
By Peter McKenzie

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Mr. McKenzie's Guest

Mr. McKenzie's Guest Editorial in the April 11 edition of the Amityville Record touched my heart but his story did not surprise me. I was born, raised and educated in the South. In the fall of 1969, I moved to Long Island where I was employed for 25+ years as a guidance counselor at a comprehensive public high school in Suffolk County. I have also lived and worked in California, Florida and Manhattan. Without question, I have found Long Island to be the most racially prejudiced and segregated of any place I know. Each of us should take some time to reflect and then decide how we can help change these hurtful, self-perpetuating and negative stereotypes. Our attitudes are learned behavior. Make sure you are teaching tolerance, acceptance and respect towards others in your home. Mr. McKenzie, I too am befuddled that we need to talk about this in 2012! CPSILLER@AOL.COM

Very moving. And very

Very moving. And very accessible. Just a family man trying to do his job.


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