Pete Murray (pjmurray@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Mon, 9 Oct 1995 17:51:57 -0700
>Maby if all of us adults stopped the racist hype there wouldn't be as
> Kids reflect what the adults show as an example!!!!
Amen to that!!!
In middle school I was the ONLY white in a black school, yet I
lived in white neighborhood. My mom was put there to integrate the
faculty. I had great friends, both black and white and even though I
saw racism on both sides I NEVER understood it.
In my Scout Troop I was always deeply offended at racial slurs from
either the Scouters or the boys. The men that had the biggest effect on
my life were those that showed no racism. Since my dad had died when I
was but eight... my Scout Master WAS my male role model. I greatly
appreciate the way he conducted himself civilly and how he chose his
words wisely. I hope to be as good a role model as he was and is.
As Scouts and Scouters we have a vested interest to making sure
that the words "All men are created equal..." are as integral a part of
our program as the Pack or Scout laws, oaths etc etc. You owe it to
that little boy who is looking up to you and trying to understand just
what it is that makes you, and ultimately him, a man.
Fritz Dahlstedt provided something far greater than teaching me how
to cook or pitch a tent. He taught me to treat EVERYONE with
consideration and respect with no regard to race, religion or even
language. He did this over many years and with faithful service to the
Scouting movement. As I return to scouting with my son, it does not
surprise me that Fritz has left his role as Scout Master and is now a
trainer for the council. We are a better council for it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City