Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Am I A Bigot? Needed Public Survey

Today on NPR I heard the results of another public survey conducted, Poll: Most Americans Think Their Own Group Faces Discrimination. 

Americans are saying "I feel discriminated against." "I feel disenfranchised." "I feel the population is against my race, gender (pick another demographic here), my etc."

When are we going to flip the coin and say, that a study was done and those surveyed admitted they had bigoted tendencies against one or another identity groups?

When I self-admit my own biased tendencies, that is when I can reevaluate how I treat others and begin to make corrections to my behaviors and attitudes to affect positive change.

I urge the media and those involved in making decisions affecting public policy to consider a self-diagnosis test for bigotry, so community leaders can start to address those with the illness instead of those who the disease impacts.


My story originally published August 21, 2017...

The following is a letter I submitted to the Pew Research Center as an idea for a future public opinion survey. Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

Dear Pew Research Center,

Subject: Idea for a public survey
Sent To: info@pewresearch.org

I try to be open minded, and I am to a degree.
I do my best to be accepting of others, and I am to a certain level.
I would like to say I have a high moral standard, and I do – sometimes more than others.

It seems like our country is moving toward a situation of complete polarization.  It seems for example, if you are not completely pro-LGTBQ issues, then you’re against. Why does that have to be?

I would like to see a series of questions, a scientific social survey conducted (such as) for Racism (example):

1) Do you consider yourself a Racist? Yes or No
2) Would you hire someone of a race different from your own? Would you hire an                   African American, a Hispanic, an Asian, and so on...
3) Would you approve of your child dating someone of a different race?
4) Would you consider dating or marrying someone of a different race?

I realize I am a racist and bigot by certain definitions out there in the world, but I do my best to stay open, accepting and caring.

Why do I have to accept all races, ethnic and lifestyle options, when my faith and upbringing goes (at times) contrary to some social practices?

On a scale of 1 to 10, I would like my bigotry to be quantified so I know where I stand and how I can improve.

I am sure other people are the same way. Not everyone is a complete right wing fundamentalist or completely left wing tolerant ACLU card holder. We are all somewhere in a spectrum of acceptance and bias. I would like to consider myself non-biased, but I know that is not true.  It would be more useful to have research based data determining I am (for example) a R5 and H3 (Racist 5/10 and Homophobe 3/10), than a false idea of my own identity.

Thank you.

Follow Up - Pew Research Center never replied back to me on this. (27 Oct. 2017)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

EMS Clergy Survey

To all pastors and church leaders in Brevard County, Florida.  Please take this short, 5 minute survey. Follow this link... Brevard County, Florida Places of Worship, Volunteer and Clergy Enrollment for Disaster Assistance (Church Survey)

In the spring of 2017, just prior to hurricane Harvey, the Brevard County, Emergency Management Services, in cooperation with VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, Brevard), and the American Red Cross acknowledged it would be of benefit to have Chaplains or Spiritual Support Counselors in emergency shelters to provide counseling to the occupants. These counselors would speak with the residents, then link the clients with a permanent faith-based organization of their choice, near them in their community.  Hence, this survey. Read more and take the survey.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey,

-  gus