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Prejudice

How Mindfulness Can Defeat Racial Bias

Rhonda Magee | Posted 05.22.2015 | Black Voices

When I was promoted to tenured full professor, the dean of my law school kindly had flowers sent to me at my home in Pacific Heights, an overpriced Sa...

Stereotyping? We Can Do Better, With Common Values

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Molly Alexander Darden

Recently in Georgia at a high school graduation ceremony, the school's founder-director made comments that drove people, black and white, to get up and leave before the event ended.

The Moment of Impact

Mackenzie Long | Posted 05.13.2015 | College
Mackenzie Long

We are rioting in the streets, protesting for the same injustices that have plagued our nation for far too long. We are watching on the news, images of our brothers and sisters, friends and countrymen who do not stand alone in their need to be heard, their need to be answered.

For Other White Mothers

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

Very few of us who are white and whose children are white ever have to think about our children being... white. We use adjectives like "cute" or "athletic" or "smart" or "kind," but not "white."

Native Americans, Why Not Make an Adam Sandler Movie?

Greg Schwem | Posted 05.01.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Coming soon to a theater near you: The Misadventures of Adam-Boy! No, that movie doesn't exist yet. But the Native American cinematic community might want to consider such a film, as it may be the best way to exact payback on Adam Sandler.

You Are Wrong

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 04.30.2015 | Black Voices
Marybeth Gasman

If say you are religious, spiritual, Christian or any other religion and you find yourself quoting scripture to demonstrate your faith, please take a closer look at the passages about poverty and justice. It is impossible to walk in the footsteps and grace of any God and not care about the injustices against African Americans in our nation.

The Myth of Black Gay Privilege

James Jones | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
James Jones

Does "black gay privilege" still hold when trying to negotiate a raise or a promotion? It is one thing to evaluate a person's multiple social identities on paper and quite another to evaluate that individual in person.

Prejudice Does Not Discriminate

Jim Joseph | Posted 04.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Jim Joseph

When I hear someone say something prejudicial about one person or a group of people, it's as if they are saying it about all of us. If they are attacking one group today, then they'll be attacking another group tomorrow. Everyone gets a turn.

Campus Incubators of Prejudice

Eliot Daley | Posted 04.13.2015 | Religion
Eliot Daley

I didn't realize that racism was formally enshrined in my college fraternity (Kappa Sigma, at Fresno State College) until the day in 1955 when I discovered it also honored anti-Semitism.

How Mindfulness Can Quash Stereotypes

Dr. Claudia Aguirre | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Claudia Aguirre

In making others feel like they should look or act differently, we rob humanity of its very core -- that of individuality. So let's aim to be more mindful about our words and actions, so we can help rid our communities from the shackles of the 'isms' -- sexism, ageism, racism -- and simply allow ourselves to be more...human.

Men of a Certain Age Dating in the New Age

Vince Pellegrino, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Vince Pellegrino, Ph.D.

Face it, we have just come out of a very difficult winter and now spring is here and you know what they say about spring fever; that "love is also in the air" as well. So then, go outside and find it!

Unmasking Black Gay Privilege

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 03.31.2015 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

I have benefitted from black gay privilege throughout my career as a senior human resources, financial and diversity officer. I have accessed spaces and opportunities that "stereotypical" black men were not able to access.

How to Be a Gay Ally to the 'Other Others'

Domenick Scudera | Posted 05.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

There are many of us in the LGBT community who want allies, but do we extend ourselves to help the "other others," those people who are seemingly most unlike ourselves? Now that we as a community are gaining strength and more equality, it is time for us to become vocal and visible allies to other communities.

Has the Disability Rights Movement Stagnated?

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Sarah Blahovec

Why don't disability issues generate mainstream attention? There could be a number of factors that contribute to its lack of momentum. First, there may be a greater perception that people with disabilities are less productive and able.

'You Can Hang 'Em From a Tree...'

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Rebecca Todd Peters

We are responsible for the sins of the present, both the individual sin of prejudice and the social sin of racism. When I saw racism on my campus as a college student, I looked away and stopped attending those parties. This sort of passive resistance is not enough. White people must speak out against these behaviors.

Bigotry Hits US-Born Latino Teens Harder than Immigrant Teens

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.18.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

If it sucks to be an adolescent, it sucks more to be an immigrant teenager in a new country. Take all the angst that faces every teen, then add language barriers, cultural confusion, discrimination, and general discombobulation. It's not pretty, is it?

Is Post-Racialism an Implicit Bias?

Deborah N. Archer | Posted 05.15.2015 | Black Voices
Deborah N. Archer

The war against racism is not yet won. What links all of these incidents, spanning almost a decade, is that they are manifestations of racial bias. Not necessarily intentional bias, but bias nonetheless: implicit bias. Despite growing awareness of the role of implicit bias, we continue to ignore a critical implicit bias: post-racialism.

The Minority Narrative: Denied Discrimination, Dismissed Death and the Deceit of Democracy

Sabrina Bilimoria | Posted 05.09.2015 | College
Sabrina Bilimoria

No one should have to prove that he or she is human, no one should have to justify that his or her beliefs make him or her worthy of having a life. Will we go through this with every minority that makes up our society?

4 Unfair Perceptions of People With Disabilities or Illnesses

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 04.20.2015 | 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 04.19.2015 | 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 04.19.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.29.2015 | 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.