Editor’s Note: On Thursday evening, because of conflicts, no one from the Beat could make it to the “Guises and Disguises of Discrimination Forum,” hosted by the Grant County Democratic Party. Thanks to the courtesy of photographers and a WNMU writer-in-residence, here is a brief summary of the forum.
Panelists were Dr. Damon Bullock, WNMU Professor of Criminal Justice; Maria Dominguez, WNMU Multi-Cultural Affairs director; Randy Perez, WNMU Sociology student; and Dr. Curtis Proctor, WNMU Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, who teaches cultural diversity/competency coursework, provides LGBT social work in the context of the Indian Child Welfare Act, and is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
The panel was moderated by JJ Wilson, WNMU writer-in-residence, who provided a poem summary of the forum.
By JJ Wilson
Sweep her out? There's not a big enough broom,
There's Mexicans here, and more than enough room.
85% of gays and lesbians get harassed,
But things are better now than in the past.
It ain't no crime to be LGBT,
And glimmers of hope sustain you and me.
Randy doesn't look it, but he's half-white,
He's seen the wrongs and he's put them right.
He's been attacked but he didn't yield,
He fights the good fight on the football field.
Is Sherman a thug or just a happy wide receiver?
He sure doesn't act like Justin Bieber.
Damon speaks truth to power with PowerPoint slides,
And walks the walk to end the divides.
Photos Courtesy of Tom Vaughan and Sandy Feutz of FeVa Fotos


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