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Forest and DT: Bringing Out the Best in Each Other

Forest, Mississippi is a small southern town with a population around 6,000.  One researcher, using Census data and science to rank the most economically and ethnically diverse cities in the state of Mississippi, put Forest on top.  People of many … Continue reading

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Discrimination and National Autism Awareness Month

In a little over a week, we will begin “celebrating” National Autism Awareness Month.  We will highlight children who have made unbelievable progress in spite of their “limitations,” inclusion at schools and in the workplace, awareness and acceptance, and parents … Continue reading

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Update

Due to surgery, I will not be resuming my blog until the month of December.   Should be ok by then. Additionally, I wanted to share that for some time now, I have been writing a book about my son, Jimmy.  … Continue reading

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Summer Camps:  Experiential Learning and Lifelong Lessons

Sometimes I wonder why my passions and interests have coalesced around diversity, race, and respect.  All I have to do is look back at how I spent my summers as a child.  First, let me say that I grew up … Continue reading

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Do We Talk About Race Too Much?

My mentor, Ira Zepp, once said, “You need to examine race, and then move on, but you can’t move on too quickly.”  Presidential candidate Ben Carson, among many others in the public eye, would ask that we de-emphasize race and … Continue reading

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Five Myths About Straight White Males

Straight while males are a monolithic group defined by a variety of economic, social, and political privileges. This myth ignores the tremendous diversity that exists among straight white males.  They are rich and poor, young and old, highly educated and … Continue reading

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The Classroom Makes Much More Sense Than Starbucks: PART TWO

RACE TOGETHER is an initiative sponsored by Starbucks and USA Today.  Simply put, it seeks to stimulate talk about race in America.  According to Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO, it is an “opportunity to begin to re-examine how we can create … Continue reading

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A Different Baltimore

As a professor of sociology at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) for more than four decades, I was pained to see the unrest that engulfed parts of the city in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death.  Additionally, I was dismayed … Continue reading

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Race Conversations: it’s Not a Black Thing

President Obama has been roundly criticized for not doing enough to address the issue of race in our society.  At the beginning of his presidency, there were many who were hopeful that seismic changes in our country’s racial landscape were … Continue reading

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DiversityTraining and Police: Ten Success Strategies Part II

Continued from last blog, DiversityTraining and Police:  Ten Success Strategies Importance of moving beyond awareness and knowledge. Unfortunately, much police training in the area of diversity focuses solely on recognizing and understanding different dimensions of diversity; instead of using these … Continue reading

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