Tue, 20 Aug 1991 13:17:00 EST
Thanks to all the people who have written recently written letters concerning
discrimination. They were all extremely interesting, and made very good points.
Now I have a question on this issue:
Everyone knows how cruel kids can be to peers who are different (race, etc.)
The troop I grew up in and am currently an Assistant Scoutmaster in has never
had a black member (for reasons which are unclear) that I know of. We have
had several mentally and physically handicapped scouts. These scouts
inevitably drop out before eagle because of the razing they get from the
other scouts. I have tried to confront the scouts who do the razing, and
explain to them the effects of thier comments and the reasons their comments
are not "Scout like." This cools them off for the rest of the meeting (or
whatever else event it is), but it continues to happen at some other time.
How do the other leaders and I try to teach them that prejudice is not part
of scouting, and make it stick? Is this an impossible question? I think
the best answer is to keep trying, confronting it every time it happens.
(I wish I could be there everytime it did.)
Any help or suggestions?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City