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What Living On Autopilot Could Do To You

Posted 10.24.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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 09.23.2014 | 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 09.19.2014 | 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 09.17.2014 | 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 09.17.2014 | 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.

The Many Ways We All Lose in a Heterosexist Environment

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When any group of people is targeted for oppression, it is ultimately everyone's concern. We all, therefore, have a self interest in actively working to dismantle all the many forms of oppression, including heterosexism.

Dear White Folks

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Marybeth Gasman

What I know is that unless you are black in America, you can't possibly understand what it's like to be black in America. You can ask questions and you can be empathetic but you can't truly understand being black in America unless you are black.

What the Michael Brown Case Tells Us About Women, Fear, and Black Males

Eternity E Martis | Posted 09.02.2014 | Black Voices
Eternity E Martis

In our daily interactions with news and pop culture as well as anti-racist movements and protests, Black men become the representation of violence in America. However, Black women seem to fade into the background, as do the women who have raised them, cared for them, and loved them.

Understanding Ferguson: Electing Obama Isn't Enough

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices
Kimberly Cooper

Whether it's 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012, or 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955, racial prejudice still informs access to adequate education, employment opportunities and advancement, well beyond the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.

Young People and Racism

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 08.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Alexandra Rosas

I didn't say anything when things were said to me. And that's the same as saying it was acceptable. There are a hundred reasons that I was quiet for too long, but the biggest of all, was because it happened so much.

First Impression Bias - How to Avoid the Prejudice Trap

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Thomas Gelmi

Make yourself aware of the fact that your experiences can also have a negative effect, keeping you from being more effective. Realize that preconceived opinions and ideas can obstruct your view of the essential.

Racist Bullying Needs to Stop: We Cannot Become Desensitized to 10-Year-Olds Hanging Themselves

PP Wong | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
PP Wong

Kids are expelled for drugs or carrying knives. They are given detention when they swear or wear the wrong shoes. So why is racist bullying not taken as seriously? Why do many teachers close their eyes to name calling and "small" scuffles?

Is Racism Just a Form of Stupidity?

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.20.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

A small cadre of psychological scientists have continued over the years to explore the controversial connection between low intelligence and prejudice, and at this point they have overcome most of the methodological barricades, allowing them to rigorously analyze and answer this important societal question.

Worry Clouded by Privilege

Justine Solot | Posted 10.18.2014 | Parents
Justine Solot

I am a worrier. I worry about everything. I worry about the craziest things. I never worried that a police officer would shoot me. I never worried that an officer would shoot my brother. I never worried that they would shoot any of my rebellious friends. If you asked me if it ever crossed my mind whether an officer might pull his gun and shoot at us? I'd respond,"ludicrous, inconceivable, crazy" -- not something I worried about.

Wheelchair Wisdom: A Short Course on Perception and Projection

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Like any prejudice, our perceptions about what it means to be physically challenged are filled with beliefs and interpretations that begin in our own minds. If you understand how this works it's a lot easier to move beyond any self-limiting illusions and judgments we might have, and go forward to live successfully with your illness, injury, or attitude towards the aging process.

Tariq Nasheed on the Current State of Affairs in the Black Community

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 10.13.2014 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism, directed and produced by author and documentary filmmaker Tariq Nasheed, explores racism in a way it previously hasn't been explored.

Working Out at the (Implicit) Fitness Center

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.12.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Negative caricatures of aging are far too prevalent in our culture -- and they are harmful. Simply telling people to think positively about aging doesn't work, because the mind is very good at thwarting such explicit lessons. There may, however, be a more subtle way to mitigate the deleterious effects of such caricatures.

Was Rialto Unified School District's Holocaust Assignment Really About Critical Thinking?

Mark Baer | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Mark Baer

Although a great deal has been written about the "critical thinking" assignment given to eighth graders in the Rialto Unified School District on whether or not the Holocaust ever occurred, I feel compelled to provide my perspective.

Here's The Real Magic That Comes From Reading Harry Potter

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 08.13.2014 | Science

In the magical world of Harry Potter, witches and wizards can fly on broomsticks, become invisible, and make things levitate. Wingardium leviosa! ...

How Stereotypes Take Shape

Pacific Standard | Tom Jacobs | Posted 07.25.2014 | World

Unfair and offensive as they may be, stereotypes are ubiquitous. Logic tells us it’s ludicrous to label all, or most, members of a particular ethnic...

The Hidden Rules of Bigotry

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.01.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Do people, regardless of their own race and religion and age, have favored (and disfavored) groups that they do not publicly -- or consciously -- proclaim?

The Pitfalls of Self-Expression

Peter Himmelman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Arts
Peter Himmelman

In our neighborhood there are two orders of humanity. People who may look essentially the same, who may wear the same clothes and go to the same schools, but in fact, inhabit totally different universes.

Was Jesus a "Hillbilly?"

Joe Boyd | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Joe Boyd

People of faith tend to do themselves very little service by condemning non-believers as closed-minded. As an educated, thinking Christian I cringe more at the comments of other Christians than I do at the comments of atheists.