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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 12.18.2014 | 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 01.02.2015 | 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 12.14.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 12.06.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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.

What Living On Autopilot Could Do To You

Posted 12.15.2014 | Dr. Phil

Sometimes, we get caught up in the momentum and pattern of life, and we go on autopilot,” Dr. Phil says. “Sometimes we have to stop and ask oursel...

Apparently, We're All A Little Bit Face-ist

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 10.23.2014 | Science

Seems everyone's a little bit "face-ist," sometimes. That is, we make subtle and essentially irrational judgments about people based on their facial f...

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

Contagious Racism

Jeremy Bamidele | Posted 11.22.2014 | Black Voices
Jeremy Bamidele

The mechanism by which race affects has never been fully understood. Even when accounting for other factors, race exhibits a larger effect on outcomes than can be attributed for.

The Cause of Homosexuality Is Irrelevant

Mark Baer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Baer

Many people seem fixated on the fact that the actual cause of homosexuality has not yet been established with any degree of certainty. As someone who likes to understand the reasons things occur, I respect and appreciate the curiosity. However, the ultimate result remains the same, regardless of whether the cause is genetic, environmental, or some combination of the two.

Dear Family Whisperer: 5 Steps Toward Combating Homophobia in Your OWN Family

Melinda Blau | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

He asked me recently, "Do you have a husband?" I said, "No," but it bothered me later. I have a life partner whom I've been with for over 20 years, a woman Nicholas calls "Aunt Barbara."

Beyond the Clothes

S. L. Young | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
S. L. Young

It's often said that clothes make an individual, but this old adage isn't always true -- as there are many talented individuals who don't dress as expected and still have a lot to offer. The reality is that sometimes individuals who appear to be different don't always get a chance to prove their worth.