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Everyone's a Little Biased

Dr. Carmen Cruz | Posted 08.22.2014 | Latino Voices
Dr. Carmen Cruz

As a diversity trainer and psychologist, I've heard how classism, racism/colorism, and homophobia hurt others. Given that understanding differences is a slow process in our self-development, I believe there are three steps to move yourself along the continuum.

My Son's Disability Doesn't Make Me A 'Special Kind Of Person'

Mary Evelyn Smith | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Mary Evelyn Smith

Believe me, I am not diminishing my work as a mother. I am not pretending that my son is just like everyone else. But when we glorify his friends, or his mother, or his one-day prom date, we imply that he is less-than.

The Future Demands We Teach About Diversity, Bias

Maureen Costello | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Maureen Costello

Eighth-graders in Christopher Avery's world cultures class often found that learning about the world meant confronting their own biases. When the class discussed the Middle East, talk turned to the power of stereotypes.

What Neil deGrasse Tyson Can Teach You About Mental Health

Nick Holt, MSW, ASW | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Nick Holt, MSW, ASW

By better examining our thinking through a more scientific process and softening our internal and external response to failure, we are better able to continue our journeys in personal growth in order to advance ourselves, those around us and, hopefully and ideally, mankind.

Needed: A Woman in the Oval Office ASAP

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 08.31.2014 | Women
Trudy Bourgeois

It is time for us to closely examine WHY we don't support other women. Why are we scared to step out and speak up? What is the root of that fear? And why do we let that fear control us?

Lies, Damn Lies, and Opinion Polls!

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Dr. Sten Odenwald

People asked the same question react differently to it, even in the way the question is asked, or what question they were asked immediately before. That is the BIG PROBLEM with all of the public opinion surveys you ever hear about.

Research Funding: When Is the Money Dirty?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

All research starts with biased funders and researchers -- because in the absence of such bias, it would be research no one would bother doing. I don't think anyone runs studies in the absence of hopes and preferences pertaining to the outcomes.

Paternal Bias

Hunter Gehlbach | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Hunter Gehlbach

I remain convinced that the world would be a better place if we were less confident filling-in-the-blanks, fell prey to naïve realism less, and exercised more humility in judging others. If I can teach my own children this lesson while providing them the extravagant support I got from my own father, it would bring me untold ha-ppiness.

Please, Let's Not Start With the #NotAllChristians Foolishness

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

I used to tell my Cultural Studies students that some of us tick all the boxes when it comes to privilege. I certainly do. I am a straight, cisgendered, middle class, able-bodied, highly educated white male. It doesn't get more privileged than that. Or does it? I am also a Christian. Or I was.

Why Racism in America Is Not the Healthy Choice in Medicine or Education

Paloma Toledo, M.D. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Chicago
Paloma Toledo, M.D.

As parents and community members, we need to understand the elimination of racism from an early age will only serve to improve the health of our community.

Institutionalized Bias and the Exclusion of Divorced Dads

Elizabeth Denham | Posted 07.27.2014 | Divorce
Elizabeth Denham

It is an institutional problem and it is up to the fathers, the mothers and the schools to begin a conversation about how to improve this problem. I recognize putting responsibility on the school districts adds a burden, however, with a 50 percent divorce rate, this subject must be addressed.

Anti-Defamation League Survey Shows the Complex Nature of Bias

Murali Balaji | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Anti-Semitism can be nuanced, subtle and often unintentional. Likewise, Hinduphobia doesn't have to be openly hateful in order to have an impact.

Biases Versus Realities

James Zogby | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

It is important to note that the depiction of the Arab's last century as being a "cauldron of conflicts" is most unfair, since fully one half of this period was spent fighting against imperial domination and attempting to remove the last vestiges of colonial rule.

Trayvon and Jordan: Why Knowing Their Names Hurts

Tricia Elam Walker | Posted 05.04.2014 | Black Voices
Tricia Elam Walker

Young black men understand that they are disposable as far as society at large is concerned, and they have internalized that message, often harming themselves in the process in addition to being harmed by others.

4 Types of Bias Women Still Face at Work, 60 Companies Are Doing Something About It

Jennifer Owens | Posted 04.06.2014 | Women
Jennifer Owens

Only recently, as my own influence has grown, have I realized the degree to which unconscious bias still keeps women out of leadership roles.

Tricked by Intuition

Soren Petersen | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

Designers rely on intuition when developing and detailing concepts but must still keep the business opportunity in mind, looking for ways of creating ...

Beverly Bond Responds To #WhiteGirlsRock

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 12.11.2013 | Black Voices

In an exclusive on TheRoot.com, Beverly Bond offers her perspective on the #whitegirlsrock hashtag that launched on twitter with accusations of revers...

Google Autocomplete: Poetry and Prejudice

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2014 | Technology
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

The Autocomplete function of Google Search is both annoying and fascinating. When you start typing in the first letters or words of your search into the Google search box, Autocomplete takes a guess at what you are looking for and "completes" the search phrase by offering you multiple query phrases.

Your Grandma Should Know How Many African Americans Appear on Fox News & CNN

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Jon Hotchkiss

For this new post, I've gone back and re-watched the same 5 hours of FOX News as I did last week. You'd be surprised how much blood spilled from my eyes this time, what with the scars from last week still raw and moist. Anyway, this time I didn't look for scams. I looked for African Americans.

Important Distinctions Between Litigation and Mediation

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Throughout the conference, the panelists kept reiterating that what occurs in court is state specific, "locale specific," and jurist specific. In other words, results vary from judge to judge based upon the judge's biases, beliefs, assumptions and values. I think this should really scare anyone and everyone.

Business and the Yoko Ono Factor

Don McNay | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Don McNay

There is no way The Beatles could get back together, and I still can't warm up to Yoko. I suspect I never will. In the business world, the Yoko Ono factor has significant consequences when people cannot make smart choices because of irrational factors.

Embracing Tolerance

T.A. Ridout | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

Embracing tolerance can be difficult because it means letting go of the intolerant aspects of our worldviews and recognizing our in-group biases. It means abandoning our mental straitjackets and acknowledging the full spectrum of exquisite nuance that humanity exhibits.

The Zimmerman Acquittal: A Peruvian-American Perspective

Anna Giraldo Kerr | Posted 10.08.2013 | Latino Voices
Anna Giraldo Kerr

As the mother of a brown son, the Zimmerman acquittal left me saddened and conflicted. Saddened because Trayvon Martin's life ended so abruptly and under unexpected circumstances. Conflicted because of the diverse reaction of society at large.

Huma's Support for Weiner: What's Saudi Arabia Got to Do With It?

Hamna Zubair | Posted 10.07.2013 | Media
Hamna Zubair

Why, in an article that is largely about how Weiner's sext-addiction may damage his and his wife's standing with the Clintons, does Dowd feel the need to mention Huma Abedin's upbringing in Saudi Arabia?

When the Law Is Involved, Do Notions Of Fairness Matter?

Mark Baer | Posted 09.28.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

When attorneys, mediators and others are involved in the process, their concepts of fairness may well differ from those of one or both of the parties and from those of the other professionals involved.