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Stereotypes

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 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.

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

Lyle Matthew Kan | Posted 04.25.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 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.

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

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 04.20.2015 | 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?

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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 04.15.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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.

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.

A Conversation About Hollywood and Diversity: Why It Matters

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 03.31.2015 | Media
Patricia Leavy, PhD

We have come together to have a conversation about racism and the media industry. As scholars, we are concerned about systemic biases in Hollywood and how they influence people's ideas and behaviors in the real world, in ways that people may be unaware of.

U.S. Police Officers Kill Primarily Because They Are Attacked, Not To Disrupt Crime

Alev Dudek | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Alev Dudek

Police officers in the U.S.A. are not better or worse than in Germany or Great Britain. What determines the conduct of an average police officer is the political and organizational climate in which they operate.

Confessions Of a (Insert Your Major Here)

Uloop | Posted 03.18.2015 | College
Uloop

Don't judge people by their majors. Genuinely ask them what aspect they want to use their major for, and if they aren't quite sure, don't get all crazy on them. Be accepting, that is all.

Female Eco-Activists Are Not Dumb Sluts

Amanda Hessling | Posted 03.12.2015 | Green
Amanda Hessling

Im not asking you to give up these stereotypes. If you did, you'd be lucky to make it through the next week alive. What I am asking of you is to, please, just be mindful of them.

The Real Manhattan Subway Map

Thrillist | Posted 03.12.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

By: Thrillist Unless you're trying to get somewhere, the Manhattan subway map is kind of garbage -- it doesn't tell you the best bar near every...

The Truth About Feminism

Janelle Ann McCarthy | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Janelle Ann McCarthy

Feminism is the advocating the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes and promoting gender equality in society. Feminism is not misandry, which is hatred toward men or women wanting power over men in society.

Public Shaming: We've Gone Too Far

Ross Ellis | Posted 04.29.2015 | Entertainment
Ross Ellis

In order to stop public shaming, we should all be held accountable and be role models to our children, our peers and others. Lead by example and show words of kindness can and do make a world of difference.

Med Film Factory Training Program: Crowdfunding to Undo the Stereotypes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.28.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Unfortunately, it's not only Western audiences that have grown to believe these absurd stereotypes, but the Arab world has started down a path that now seems hell bent on destruction.

If Our Sons Were Treated Like Our Daughters

Lori Day | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Lori Day

Come with me. Let's open the door to a parallel universe. Here in this parallel world, the rules are different because gender roles are flipped. Loving parents and teachers accept this strange culture as if it's not so bad, or perhaps even good.

The Most Important Message of the The Breakfast Club Is a Lie

Michael Friedman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.21.2015 | Media
Michael Friedman, Ph.D.

We actually learned the lessons of The Breakfast Club and made sure our hearts didn't die. And we did so by taking the rebellion of youth and trying to tackle the social problems addressed in the movie.

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.

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.

Fresh Off the Boat: What Do We Want Out of an Asian American TV Show?

Khanh Ho | Posted 04.12.2015 | Entertainment
Khanh Ho

For the most part, Eddie Huang's show has been hailed by Asian American boosters as a smashing success. White guys who wear track suits stand behind it. Asian guys who aspire to a certain kind of edginess dig its groovy hip hop stylings and in-your-face-stick-it-to-the-man street vernacular. But I actually found it a depressing show.

What George Wallace Taught Me About Forgiveness

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 04.11.2015 | Black Voices
Trudy Bourgeois

There are good and bad people in both genders and all races. I believe, as I hope you do, that there are more good. However, if we don't keep our hearts open, we are limiting the possibilities of building the capability to connect across differences in the future.