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Stereotypes

African Men, Hollywood Stereotypes: Why Challenging the Status Quo Went Viral

Mama Hope | Posted 07.31.2015 | World
Mama Hope

We were tired of seeing the stereotypes: helpless children sifting through garbage with distended bellies and flies in their eyes or bloodthirsty warlords toting AK-47s, and not much in between. We saw how these stereotypes hurt everyone.

The Second Deadly Assault on Sandra Bland

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.29.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

If enough mud can be tossed on Bland to cast doubt and suspicion about her character and motives, the hope is that the issue will quietly go away.

And You Thought All Kenyans Were Alike: Misconceptions Kenyans Have of One Another.

Washington Osiro | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

As evidenced by this partial listing of misconceptions Kenyans have of one another, the country is a diverse and rich collection of people who know they are as different as foreigners think they are homogenous!

Yellow Peril Supports Black Power

Dan Truong | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dan Truong

There's this photo that's been circulating online which shows Asian men holding up a sign that reads, "YELLOW PERIL SUPPORTS BLACK POWER." The photo was taken in 1969 during a rally in Oakland supporting Huey Newton.

Mental Illness and Criminal Insanity: Is There a Link?

Liv Raimonde | Posted 07.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Liv Raimonde

Stereotypes continue to linger around mental illness. However it is time we as a society dig deeper and learn more about what it means to be mentally ill. People who suffer from mental illness are not the criminals. It seems to be the exact opposite. They are in fact more likely to be the victims.

The Truth About Millennial Republicans

Steven Petite | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Steven Petite

When the Supreme Court handed down the historic ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all fifty states, I began to notice social media posts, news headlines, and off hand comments from people stating that it was another blow to conservatism, that Republicans were not in favor of this ruling.

Beyond Sex: What Is Gay?

James Owens | Posted 07.08.2015 | Gay Voices
James Owens

Defining and embracing a true gay culture, which goes well beyond sexuality, is the next stage. We see organizations like gay softball leagues, gay choirs, and gay running clubs. They are institutions meant to build strength and support between one another because we do share so much in common and we understand what it took to become who we are more than anyone else.

Unloading a Weighty Taboo

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Jessica R. Dreistadt

I can wrap both of my legs behind my head. My triglyceride level recently registered at 62. My favorite food is kale. And in addition to all of these glorious qualities, I am overweight.

'Are Fried Chicken And Watermelon Racist?'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.03.2015 | Black Voices

Yes, watermelon is awesome and chicken is arguably best when it’s fried. But not all associations with these foods are tasteful. As much as we'd...

This Comic Strip Nails Why Poor Americans Aren't Just 'Asking For Handouts'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact

America's poor don't have it easy. They're subjected to a range of false stereotypes: They're accused of being lazy and of abusing drugs, among ot...

Here's A Trick That May Help People Become Less Racist & Sexist

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.31.2015 | Science

Scientists have long known that sleep boosts the brain, helping us consolidate memories and learn new things. Now, a provocative new study shows i...

Lilly Workneh

Powerful 'Mugshot' Photos Reverse Ugly Stereotypes Of Black Men

HuffingtonPost.com | Lilly Workneh | Posted 05.26.2015 | Black Voices

Artist EJ Brown is fed up with the media perpetuating damaging and destructive stereotypes of black men. Specifically, the 25-year-old Point Park U...

Teach Your Kids To Talk To Strangers

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.24.2015 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

We may think we're teaching safety when we tell them to disregard the unfamiliar, when we tell them to turn away from strangers, but what we're teaching is intolerance and indifference.

9 Things You Should Know About the Women's Mosque of America -- and Muslim Women in General

M. Hasna Maznavi | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
M. Hasna Maznavi

Instead of being seen as a celebration of Muslim women, the Women's Mosque of America was erroneously being framed as a "liberation" from Muslim men.

A Baltimore Teacher Speaks Up

TNTP | Posted 05.14.2015 | Education
TNTP

I won't try to argue about who is right or who is wrong in Baltimore. But I can tell you that behind these protests, both the peaceful and violent ones, is something much bigger: Instead of that one, stereotypical "inner city kid," there are thousands of students here in Baltimore who have voices, and thousands of voices that need to be heard.

How Not to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Rev. Dan Schatz | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dan Schatz

I hate to think people actually believe those stereotypes, but it's likely some do. Or maybe they simply don't stop to think about how hurtful and damaging those kinds of images can be.

Rethinking Cinco de Mayo

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

This holiday has been commercialized by the food and liquor industry, and in the United States, Cinco de Mayo (similar to St. Patrick's Day) has become an excuse to imbibe spirits and help Corona and Dos Equis beer companies improve their market share. We need more contemporary and complex portrayals of cultures.

Native Americans, Why Not Make an Adam Sandler Movie?

Greg Schwem | Posted 06.29.2015 | 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.

Challenging Dual Stereotypes: The Reality for LGBTQ AAPI Communities and How Foundations Can Help

Lyle Matthew Kan | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Lyle Matthew Kan

There is a pervasive cultural myth that all gays are rich, and that all Asian Americans are overachievers. Individuals who identify as LGBTQ and AAPI are therefore often assumed to be better off. However, these misconceptions all too often mask real struggles and hardships faced by LGBTQ AAPI communities.

Tamara Mena, Motivational Speaker, Model and Wheelchair User On Staying Positive and Advocating For A Cure For Spinal Cord Injuries

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 06.22.2015 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

Prior to her accident, Tamara was set on becoming a fitness model. Her paralysis changed the course of her modeling: "I was in my best shape before the accident, especially my legs and abs. And ironically that's what I lost after the injury as a T-3 paraplegic.

The Myth of Black Gay Privilege

James Jones | Posted 06.21.2015 | 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.

I Took Charge When The Wife Was Sick (Now Where's My Reward!)

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

she was getting sick. We were so screwed. By the weekend, she was in full-fledged illness with the raspy Kathleen Turner voice and a waste basket full of tissues. An achy, feverish, sadness filled the house. And I knew we were going down in flames. Or were we?

Macrina Cooper-White

When 'Deshawn' And 'Greg' Act Out In Class, Guess Who Gets Branded A Troublemaker

HuffingtonPost.com | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.21.2015 | Science

Research has shown that young black students in American schools are expelled and suspended three times as often as white students. Now a disturbing n...

Growing Up Asian

Teresa Hsiao | Posted 06.15.2015 | Comedy
Teresa Hsiao

One intrepid boy finally gathered the courage to welcome the new alien in their midst, coming up to me and saying, quite eloquently, "Ching chang ching chong choo." Ever the clever linguist, I responded by smacking him on the head with a Tonka truck. I

Mindfulness in Policing

Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

Incidents of police violence and discrimination against people of color evoke our raw emotions -- pain, frustration, fear, hopelessness and anger. Sometimes our emotions overwhelm us. But they can also help energize us and fuel our work for social change.