- Pedro Serrano
- Highland Park, NJ
- United States
88.7 fm WRSU
Have you learned from those with apposing views? How can differences combine to solve problems in the community, and improve communication?
I have a role in a community that's made up of people with very different political views. The punk rock scene you'll find anarchist, radical leftists and folks so conservative that when they walk out of a chicken franchise under there left arm is a bucket of right wings.
This has provided me with some opportunities to learn about how I see the world and how folks can work together.
I remember walking with a local skinhead. The week before there was a discussion on the death penalty. At one point he said, "I don;t think that many innocent people would be killed."
I didn't say anything. What I thought was that he was willing to live in a world where some innocent people would be killed as a cost for a society with less crime.
Would I be willing to live in a society where there would be more violent crime to avoid innocent people being killed by the state?
I was reminded about this while listening to Mr. Haidts' talk.
There have been other examples where I was able to make comparisons and contrasts between me and those who label themselves as conservative.
Here's an example I provide as an example of the value the local skinheads had.
Some of the crew and I were hanging out at a local cafe'. There was a young punk with blue hair standing about 20' away from me with an upside down American flag on the shoulder of his denim jacket.
Three skinheads walked up to him and asked, "What's up with the upside down American flag?"
I thought to myself, "Damn. Here we go."
I heard the punk kid say, "It's the international sign of distress. Don't you think America is in distress?"
The skinheads agreed and they had a discussion on what they both felt what was wrong.
This kid knew that he was going to have to explain himself. He didn't live in a leftist ghetto. He either had to prepare himself to explain or to get a beat down.
I've been praised by both Punks and Skins for the content of a zine I put out as well as taken to task. There waiting for the next issue.