|A Los Angeles Childhood - Bully For Us. Help End the Epidemic! Part I|
|Monday, 25 July 2011 12:05|
Many of you have read my memoir, Saving Myself: A Los Angeles Childhood. You know how the memoir got its title. For those of you who don't, the title was derived from the experience of having a small neighbor boy named Donavan shout at me as I was walking to and from school, "You killed Christ," many times adding, "you dirty Jew!"
As a small child who was persecuted for being Jewish in a small Los Angeles enclave in the early 40s and 50s, I find that, although we are so advanced and knowing, it still happens, continuing through my adult life.
Facebook/Time Warner has taken on bullying. Michelle Obama took it on in March with a conference to Stop Bullying.
Dr. Dan Olweus gives a succinct definition of bullying in his book Social Bullying at School. "A person is bullied when he or she is exposed repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending him self or her self."
Fear heats up my ears, my whole head beginning to sweat, imagining the sounds of his breathing in my ears even though Donavan was down the block and years and years away. My response never leaves. It happens today and tomorrow. It happens in school. It causes people to take their own lives.
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