‘The American Dream’ talks keeping the conversation about prejudice going

Essex Media Group's, from right, Alexandra Rodriguez, Emilia Sun, and Carolina Trujillo joined Attorney James J. Carrigan, left, on his LCTV show, "The American Dream." (LCTV)

LYNN — Essex Media Group’s Carolina Trujillo, publisher of La Voz; Emilia Sun, senior graphic designer; and Alexandra Rodriguez appeared on “The American Dream,” a show hosted by Lynn-based Attorney James J. Carrigan, to discuss keeping the conversation about prejudice going.

Trujillo and Sun both served as panelists at the Forum on Prejudice, sponsored by Carrigan and the Greater Lynn Bar Association, held at the Lynn Museum in May, and Rodriguez penned a column for The Item about the forum. In the column, Rodriguez wrote that there is still work to be done to combat prejudice, and about the value of continuing to have difficult conversations.

The conversation between Trujillo, Sun, Rodriguez, and Carrigan ran for slightly less than 30 minutes, and began with a discussion of accountability.

Trujillo emphasized the importance of creating spaces, but also of holding people accountable for action — or inaction.

“I feel that right now, people just feel very encouraged to say whatever they think without any possible consequence,” she said. “There was a whole bunch of racists in the closet, and finally they’ve decided to come out, so we can see them now, clearly. That doesn’t mean that their behavior is acceptable… We just need to put some boundaries around their behavior.”

“You can think anything about me, but it doesn’t mean you get to act against me, it doesn’t mean you get to abuse me,” Trujillo continued.

The show, which airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays at 7 a.m. on Comcast Channel 3 and Verizon Channel 38, is “designed to give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how public and private policy is developed,” according to Carrigan.

Episodes can be found on the Lynn Community Television website after they air.

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