Diversity

Discussion in 'Prince Hall Freemasonry' started by BroBook, Jun 23, 2015.

  1. BroBook

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    How many brothers have at least one person in their lodge of a different ethic group or race? Just wondering.
     
  2. Keith D. McKeever Jr.

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    Not in my lodge, but I have heard about a brother from another ethnic group in a Prince Hall Lodge
     
  3. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

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    My home Lodge is quite diverse.
     
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  4. Glen Cook

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  5. Ripcord22A

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    Not in my mother lodge but in my home valley we are quite diverse. In my adopted lodge here in NM we have a couple blacks, a middle eastern PM and of course a bunch of hispanics
     
  6. Archangel Raised

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    I brought in a white brother to my all black blue lodge. He is my bestie, kindred brother, and colleague. He has worked in the bowels of South Los Angeles, and (jokingly) he is blacker than I.

    I believe the future of PHA is to bring righteous, socially active and responsible brothers into the craft. . . no matter what their skin tonality. PHA is dying (at least in southern California). We need to work with other organizations to effect positive change.

    . . .lets not forget the South Carolina shootings.

    We are the black intelligentsia, be it black or white!
     
  7. dfreybur

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    I'm currently a member of 5 blue lodges. They range from so wildly diverse you'd end up dizzy trying to figure out who's from where through being able to check off more than two boxes on the list from the Census Bureau.

    A lesson from Serbs, Croats and Bosnians - Ethnic also means religion. That dimension of diversity is even wider if you have the years it takes to meet guys well away from our buildings to be willing to discuss religion with them.

    Different lodge, different degree of diversity. Some visible some not.

    There is strength in diversity. There is strength in unity. Sometimes that both are equally true is one of those mysteries of the universe. The we enter lodge, she the brothers dwell together in unity, remember that there are topics we never discuss, wonder at the fact that have have unity and diversity mixed together and hardly even notice it.
     
  8. Archangel Raised

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    SMIB, Bro. Freyburger!
     
  9. Glen Cook

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    Do you?
     
  10. MRichard

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    My lodge is very diverse, perhaps one of the most diverse lodges under the Grand Lodge of Texas but I am not that familiar with other areas; in Houston, it is clearly the most diverse lodge in the area.
     
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  11. BroBook

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    Yes, one brother of European descent and one Latino that I have met so far.
     
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  12. Bro. Staton

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    My lodge has a hispanic brother with a unique story. He was doing some work in Raleigh, NC and it was a convention (Grand Session) going on and he saw a bunch of Mason's.. So he went up to one of the brothers and asked how he could become one. Well jokingly someone said go up and ask that man over there and he did just that and he was instructed to come to our lodge. That person that he asked was Milton Toby Fitch Jr our Grand Master for North Carolina Prince Hall Masons. True story he didn't know who he was until he came to our lodge and we explained that you got directions from the big man himself. He is going to be a fine Mason so I am grateful to have him in our lodge and to call him my brother.
     
  13. Ripcord22A

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    Thats pretty funny
     
  14. AndreAshlar

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    We're a small lodge that lacks racial diversity. We're about 20 strong. One Cuban American and the rest are African American.

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  15. Bloke

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    Gee... hard question. I will pick one lodge. Most are Australia Citizens or have PR, thinking on this, it mainly goes to their "ethnic/cultural" heritage and their first languages of the language of their parents which those members speak like natives..

    Off the top of my head without looking at a list and quantifying it...

    Spanish Speakers (From Mexico, Spain and South America) about 3
    Filipinos about 5
    Greek about 4
    African 1
    Turkish 2
    Italian about 3
    Eastern European 2 (Slav)
    Macedonian 1
    Indian 2
    Chinese 1
    Malta 1
    Balance of about 20 guys are "British" and/or Australian.

    We don't describe Melbourne as a multicultural city for nothing. We have the Bible, Koran and a Buddhist text (not sure which one, the name is in Sanskrit) out as VSLs
     
  16. Randy81

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    In my lodge it's almost all white. There is one Hispanic guy, myself, and one guy from Guam. For those who are PHA, I can tell you around military bases they're very diverse. Any PHA lodge I've seen in my career around the base have a good mix of everyone.
     
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  17. Brother JC

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    My Mother Lodge represents nearly every race and religion. I don't believe there is a follower of Shinto, but that's about it.
     
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  18. Travelling Man91

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    Something I've never understood, why was other races allowed to join regular GL and subordinate lodges but not Blacks ? Most say it's in reference to "Being free born" but other races were slaves also. It's almost as if racism is primarily a black and white thing. I can go to the most rural area and they will admit a Hispanic, Asian, Native American, etc, but it will be more resistance if a black man tries to join. Could someone answer this, not looking for a debate, just an honest answer.
     
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  19. AndreAshlar

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    The history between blacks and whites in America is unique. Only in the past 50 years has it been about anything other than slavery, dominance, control and Jim Crow servitude imposed on blacks by the white majority.

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  20. Travelling Man91

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    But again, why was other races allowed to join "white" GL and subordinate lodges, but not blacks ? If a black man was free born then why couldn't he join ?
     
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