I'm glad I didn't engage, even though I am saddened that I had to make that choice. Escalating the situation with this ignorant fool would not have made things better for anyone, and in some way would have perversely justified his attitude.
Displaying racial diversity allows schools and companies to present themselves as modern and inclusive. And claiming non-white friends allows white people to present themselves as non-racist.
Monuments, as symbols, project values, not neutral representations of the past.
I do not make the accusation of racism lightly. But to implement policies that you know will have disparate impact is racist. To change admission standards knowing that they will limit the pool of qualified Black and Latino candidates without providing evidence that the new standards will improve teaching is racist.
Black students have every right to force issues relating to their experiences on campus. There has been far too much self-congratulation on the part of white America about what has already been accomplished. At the same time, the deeper patterns of institutional racism will not be solved on America's campuses, and there are limits to what a college president can do. At several campuses, administrators who have sought to constructively engage students and make achievable concessions are finding that student leaders are loathe to compromise lest they seem to be selling out. These protests could be real opportunities to raise consciousness -- or they could end badly, in stalemate, protracted occupations and bitterness on both sides. And there is a deeper challenge here. America is currently the scene of ideological fragmentation, with lunatic activism on the far right that ranges from armed attacks on Planned Parenthood to assaults on refugees. In this climate, progressives above all need unity and resolve.
Today's topics include: Russian jet shot down over Turkey; Black Lives Matter protesters gunned down by douchebag military cosplayers; Trump says he's the least racist person in the world; Trump doesn't fact-check himself and much more.
Here is what's grimly fascinating in this year's dystopian carnival of a Republican presidential primary. When it comes to what can be said in America, all bets are off.
I wish I lived in a country in which the unconstrained expression of racist and xenophobic ideas from candidates for president of the United States en...
Donald Trump's toxic comments about immigrants and women are completely counter to the spirit of my late husband Gene Kelly. Not only would Gene be appalled by Trump's deplorable words and actions, he would be stricken that such depravity could be tolerated in a race for President of the United States.
Honors, Gifted and Talented, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs can be an insidious way of maintaining racial segregation in nominally desegregated public schools.
In a TMFS Sketch, Donald Trump delivers a special Thanksgiving message to all of his racist supporters.
As a coalition of concerned graduate students of color and those in solidarity at Brown University, we come together to articulate our vision for a more equitable, responsible, and inclusive university.
There is a great deal of racism and colorism within Hispanic enclaves that goes unnoticed, unreported, and kept in obscurity by other Hispanics who happen to be white (and some POC, too). Why do you think some of us have to start our own platforms to speak about these things?
I know you feel called out, especially if this happened in front of other people, but here is the good news. No one is trying to correct that one totally bigoted cranky old uncle at the Thanksgiving table.
Bringing down the monster won't be easy or happen quickly, even in the best-case scenario. It won't happen at all if we deny refuge to victims of Islamic State terror abroad and demonize Muslim-Americans at home. We're better and smarter than that -- or at least we should be.
This morning I received this essay from Judi Cohen, a meditation and mindfulness teacher whose focus is training attorneys and judicial system workers...