Thompson’s Take: We need to know each other, so we can listen to each other again

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“Now is the time to come together.”

There is no doubt in my mind that you’ve heard those words a lot in 2021. 

I’m also fairly certain that they have hit with different degrees of sincerity based on who has said them to you. 

As I walk around Kenosha, I know that the city fractured in 2020. I pass by the spots where I took live video of protests, Uptown where buildings burned and the downtown where some boards still wait at the ready. 


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However, I also acknowledge that the preceding cracks started a long, long time before August 2020. 

And in my opinion, the only way to heal is to get to know each other again, to embrace our diversity.

You don’t react dismissively to people you know. You don’t respond immediately with anger when someone you know says an opinion you don’t agree with. 

No, knowing someone gives you enough patience to listen to their point.

And that’s what we desperately need now.

Race Amity Day

In that spirit, I agreed to be a co-organizer of Race Amity Day in Kenosha ⏤ along with Mary Rhodes and Francisco Loyola ⏤ to be held at Kenosha Creative Space on Sunday, June 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is being hosted by the The Baha’i Faith of Kenosha and Racine

However, I am not a Baha’i, and you don’t need to be either in order to attend. All people of all walks of life ⏤ regardless of any differences ⏤ are completely welcome. That’s the whole point. 



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The goal of the event is to come together to paint some boards with a new Kenosha story, have some fellowship and learn more about race amity ⏤ which focuses on people from different cultures or backgrounds finding common ground. 

In essence, this event highlights embracing our diversity as a societal strength. 

The event itself will also feature some devotionals, refreshments and a viewing of the film “An American Story: Race Amity and the Other Tradition” (produced by the National Center for Race Amity for PBS). 

Come, all are welcome

I know that I’ve felt a little secluded to my corner of Kenosha lately, and perhaps some of you have too. 

So let’s come together and get to know each other again on June 13, and embrace how both our similarities and differences make this city what it is. 

I hope to see you there. 

I truly do. 

For more information on race amity, visit raceamity.org.

If you have questions about the event, please email them to kenoshabahai@gmail.com


It’s taken me a long time to appreciate and understand my grandfather, Arzell “Flukie” Thompson, and how his kindness is the most apartment trait he imparted on my family. Listen to this episode to listen to me explore that role of kindness in his life, and now my life.  — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/mind-of-daniel-thompson/support
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