05 January 2007

KingCast reviews race relations and anti-Semitic hate crimes in Nashua with Michael Goldstein.

My life is living testament to the fact that race relations are improving in America. My best friends growing up and some of my stanchest legal supporters are Jewish. In fact, as a First Amendment scholar, I hosted a hate crimes forum at Case Western Reserve law school in my second year with my then-boss, Civil Rights lawyer Terry Gilbert. Sadly, it is people like Michael Richards (from one of my favorite shows) and whomever apparently keyed Mr. Goldstein's car with "Jew" and whatnot that ruin it for everybody, as noted in today's Nashua Telegraph story. Similarly, see para. 2 of my signature post, in which I talk about Mr. Richards. It is linked in this post in which I agree with NAACP LDF lawyer Ted Shaw on the importance of maintaining voluntary race-based remedies in education, an issue now before the United States Supreme Court. I have found that when people of different backgrounds grow up together there is typically less hatred; call it anecdotal but it's coming on 42 years worth of anecdotes now.

I was an active member of the Mayor's Committee on Ethnic Awareness until a ridiculous chain of events took me away from that, as noted in my year-in-review post. I will post this comment on the Nashua Telegraph forums page and meet Mr. Goldstein at some point for lunch, where I will share with him what it was like for me growing up, as intimated in the first manuscript excerpt from "American Lawyer: Christopher King is a Dangerous Black Man," itself a reference to the hateful actions of American Tower Corporation brass after I correctly requested overtime. Watch American Lawyer II and III at KingCast and read this post.

1 comment:

Christopher King said...

Synopsis: Nashua is a relatively young town when it comes to teething pains that larger, more diverse cities have gone through -- i.e. speech restrictions at the school board that I addressed 8 years ago in Columbus:

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2007/01/nashua-school-board-acting.html

.....and racism/culture clashing.

As a city it needs to take active measures to ensure that it enjoys a growth infused with positive energy. While I don't see myself being a lifelong resident, I have largely enjoyed my time here and I hope it is nice for others to follow.

Peace.