My religion is Love and Help. I don't care what you call it. If you don't have Love and Help in your heart I don't care what you call your religion. I think you have to make the change. You have to be the change to help other people change. And I believe in my heart, in Boulder Creek, I have changed people's attitudes.
What's it like being Black in Santa Cruz?
I never really encountered a lot of racism until I came to Santa Cruz County from New Jersey in 1978...I was racially profiled...When a person gets stopped 6 times in 6 days is not issued a ticket, that's racial profiling: 'DWB'—Driving While Black or Brown...My son was racially profiled. I had to pull him out of school in first grade because two teachers told him he needed to be around Black people and Black teachers.
You're supposed to treat your kids like roses, make them flourish and grow, not wither and die like weeds. And it still hurts my heart, after almost 22 years. About how they could hurt a little child like this.