A note from Randy Mayeux:
I am writing this to help readers understand some conflicting messages on this blog.
Since the beginning of the First Friday Book Synopsis in 1998, I (Randy Mayeux) and Karl Krayer shared the presentations, and we each wrote on this blog.
A few years ago, Karl Krayer suffered a stroke, and has been unable to make synopses presentations at our monthly events, or write on this blog. So, I have assumed full leadership of the First Friday Book Synopsis, have made two book synopses presentations each month at our monthly events. since his departure, and I have continued to write posts on this blog all along.
Karl has recently begun writing posts on this blog again. We certainly welcome him back. But I want to address what appears to be conflicting messages on this blog.
At the top of each post, it always says either “Randy’s blog entries” or “Karl’s blog entries.” This is, of course, to identify the author of a post. And Randy and Karl are the only two writers who post on this blog.
As in any collaboration, people have different opinions; sometimes on controversial issues. In some recent posts from Karl, if one were to read other posts by me, you can see that we have a strong difference of opinion over the issue of Confederate Statues and Monuments, and even over whether or not people can change their minds over issues of racism.
I simply want to point out the obvious; that we have these differences.
I do believe that Confederate Statues should be removed. I do believe that the Confederate Flag should not be displayed. And, I do believe that people can change their minds on issues of race (and, other issues as well). Karl believes the opposite, as he described in his recent posts.
Here’s an interesting note: I went to Abilene Christian University for my undergraduate degree (it was then called Abilene Christian College). A few short years ago, the university issued a widely-distributed apology for their racism throughout much of their history. The leadership of the university did change their minds over issues of racism. And they needed to. Abilene Christian did indeed have some pretty ghastly racist practices and stances in their history.
Yes, I do oppose symbols of racism, and that is what I believe Confederate Statues to be.
Here is a post that represents my thoughts, describing my strong opposition to Confederate Statues and the Confederate Flag: Two Flags, Two Meanings – The American flag and the Confederate flag.
Please note that I will be presenting synopses of books on racial issues over the next few months at the First Friday Book Synopsis; books that might even lead people to change their minds about issues of racism.
Why have this conversation at all on a blog focused primarily on business books and issues? Because this issue touches every corner of business – relationships between employees, between employers and employees, between business and client representatives, and between business and its larger outreach in the community and overall culture. Even within ourselves, we can develop deeper understanding of the issues involved.
In the coming months, as I present one synopsis of a business book and a second synopsis of a book dealing with issues of race at each of our First Friday Book Synopsis sessions, I will be treating these books as I do in all other synopsis presentations. My intent, as always, is to let the author speak through the words of his/her book.
Hopefully, these presentations will help us all come to better informed decisions, and wiser and more inclusive business policies, and yes, even better informed opinions within ourselves.
Issues of racial injustice have become quite a large conversation throughout our society. I felt that I needed to explain my thoughts on the conflicting conversation one is currently reading on this blog.
Karl and I agree on far more than we differ. But, in this moment, I felt that this word of explanation regarding this specific issue might be helpful.