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Prejudice

4 Unfair Perceptions of People With Disabilities or Illnesses

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 02.18.2015 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

Some perceptions of disability and illness are too messed up and extreme for my liking. Persons living with these conditions are seen as really good or really bad, but there never seems to be a middle ground. This means that disability/illness status is used to judge our characters. Without further ado, here's the "good" and the "bad" of disability/illness perceptions.

Can We 'Immunize' Ourselves Against Identity-based, Prejudicial Conflict?

Lutfey Siddiqi | Posted 02.17.2015 | Impact
Lutfey Siddiqi

This January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, a group of New Champions* got together to brainstorm the following topic: Is it possible to immunize ourselves from identity-based, prejudicial conflict?

Violence Against the 'Other' as Systematic Blight on Our Society

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Whenever anyone of us is diminished, we are all demeaned, when anyone or any group remains institutionally and socially stigmatized, marginalized, excluded, or disenfranchised, when violence comes down upon any of us, the possibility for authentic community cannot be realized unless and until we challenge it in truly transformational ways.

When Challenging Racism, Humanists Need to Step Up

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

It's important for humanists to be active participants in the struggle against instructional racism not only because our core values require us to do so, but because the growth of humanism is dependent on it.

"Fresh Off the Boat": Smart or A Soy Sorry Joke?

Pamela Tom | Posted 02.03.2015 | Entertainment
Pamela Tom

In an age when there is a national dialogue about diversity and equality in America, shedding light through comedy must be smart, not superficial.

No Cake for You! Fundamentalist Cake Warriors on the Loose

James Peron | Posted 01.28.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

The "cake wars" started because a few fundamentalist bakers refused to sell cakes to gay customers. Then, if charged with violating anti-discrimination laws, they weep, wail and flail about in the media limelight, basking in their persecution -- it may be a long way from true martyrdom, but they take what they can get.

The Heart Inside My Chest Is Not My Own

Jessica Katz | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Jessica Katz

I quiet myself down, take deep breaths and listen to my heart beat. Sometimes the world can seem so chaotic, that only breathing can bring me back to the center of who I am.

A Lesson in Vanishing Monsters

Yaniv Aviran | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Yaniv Aviran

We all, naturally and overwhelmingly, develop prejudice, fears and reluctances of the unknown. And so, this same reluctance might make it so we miss people along the way. People who could have integrated into our lives in a very meaningful way.

What Is Even More Powerful Than Coming Out?

David Fleischer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
David Fleischer

It turns out that our willingness to listen as well as talk -- a combination we can call Coming Out 2.0 -- not only affects those who are conflicted about LGBT people or prejudiced against us. It also keeps their hearts and minds changed for a long time.

Living in a Self-Segregated World

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

It is one thing to profess the values that all people are equal and that we celebrate diversity, but how many people of a different race do you have over for dinner? Do you live in your home what you say you believe?

Two Strikes and You're Out (But Only If You're Black)

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.14.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

According to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, black students are more than three times as likely as white students to be suspended or expelled from school. Surprisingly, there has been little scientific study of the psychological processes underlying this discipline gap.

Facing Racism In Brazil: Black Like Me

Vanessa Rodrigues | Posted 01.06.2015 | Black Voices
Vanessa Rodrigues

In the end, my husband and I aren't white. Our child is the perfection combination of the two of us. Our son is black.

The 3 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want for Christmas

Natasha Tracy | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Natasha Tracy

This holiday season, try to remember not only to give others something wrapped up beautifully under a Christmas tree, but also to give others who are not as fortunate as you are, with a healthy brain, a bit of your compassion.

There Is Nothing Casual About Prejudice: The Popular Podcast 'Serial' and the Notion of Implicit Bias

Anita Sinha | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics
Anita Sinha

The racial and cultural identities of the protagonists have prompted some to criticize Sarah Koenig for not grasping many aspects of this narrative. While I agree with this analysis, I did not think it ultimately compromised Koenig's role as an effective storyteller. That is, until I heard Episode 10.

Saudi Artist Photographs Daily Life From Behind A Veil

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts

While the mandate that women should cover their hair is an tenet of Islamic belief, the act of wearing a veil that completely shields a woman's face i...

Classic Television Wasn't Always Classy

James Peron | Posted 02.11.2015 | Women
James Peron

In recent weeks, I've almost exclusively been watching television shows from the early '60s. Often suffering culture shock while doing so.

A Personal Reflection on Prejudice

Carol Smaldino | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

If I am to be part of any honest conversation, it's part of what I need to confront. I think of talking out loud as at times transforming, and hope this is the case right now.

I Can't Breathe

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Helene Cohen Bludman

There are things most white people can't imagine, she told me. When black people walk into a store, she said, they are often eyed suspiciously by store clerks. White people cross the street to distance themselves from black people. The distrust, if not fear and hatred, is palpable.

I Am The Man: Pondering My Own Privilege

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Kurt Michael Friese

Yet if I am willing to accept my inheritance of all the good they did, all the success they had, then I need to recognize the flip-side of that coin. No one succeeds on his own. No one gains privilege without it costing someone else.

On Being Breathless

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 02.03.2015 | Black Voices
Safiya Jafari Simmons

There's no feigned shock. No forced surprise or mild disappointment. Just thick air. Deafening silence. And the weight of generations of false hope of equality sitting on my chest, on my shoulders, preventing me from breathing.

How Do We Hold On to Hope in Times of Injustice?

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 01.25.2015 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Mártir

My daughter and I were standing in the middle of the baseball field in Inwood Hill Park, looking up at the stars, when something told me to check to see if the decision was finally announced. "NO INDICTMENT" stared back at me, taunting. I fell to my knees, crying. Yet again I was that kid watching an injustice occur right before my eyes and feeling helpless to do anything about it.

Hard to Think Straight: Processing Prejudice

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.21.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

It seems that when we perceive and process other people with ease, we judge them favorably. When we have difficulty -- for whatever reason -- we judge them negatively.

Blackness In Brazil: A Hidden History of Prejudice

João Paulo Porto | Posted 11.19.2014 | Black Voices
João Paulo Porto

I have a Black patient from a poor family, 8 years old, who is absurdly intelligent. His mother, equally intelligent, created, of her own accord, a fa...

Seeing the Unseen

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

Regardless of what demographics might say, we are not distinct groups of people inhabiting the same space. We are a community of human beings sharing time together in our schools, our homes, our neighborhoods, and our workplaces.

'Bad' Neighborhoods in the Eye of the Beholder

Anndee Hochman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Women
Anndee Hochman

When we use a broad brush to tag some neighborhoods "bad," we're not doing justice to the people who actually live in them. What's more, we let ourselves off the hook, dismissing "bad" areas as places to avoid, not to engage. We rob ourselves of the chance to learn what's really happening in any given place.