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Autism, Bias, and the Media

The media has been taking a lot of criticism these days.  While some see the media as an ally of the American people, many others are more prone to see it as the enemy.  According to surveys, trust in the … Continue reading

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Displaying Diversity Unconsciousness on Halloween

Diversity and humor often don’t mix, especially when they are at someone else’s expense. But when we do this on Halloween, it is somehow OK, at least to some of us. While Halloween is a time of playful fun for … Continue reading

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Work/Family Balance: A Male Perspective

Recently, the media has been full of stories about the struggle to balance work and family, and whether women can have it all.  Anne-Marie Slaughter restarted this discussion with her article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.”  Then, a … Continue reading

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Media, “Ordinary” Muslims, and The Need for Balance

What we need are more shows about Muslim terrorists.  That appears to be what is wrong with a new reality show, “All American Muslim.”   The Muslims on this show are too assimilated, too ordinary, and too American.  The Florida Family … Continue reading

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Social Class Bias

As a dimension of diversity, social class carries tremendous economic, educational, and political importance. Yet, when diversity is defined and discussed, social class is often totally ignored or at best, an afterthought. Consider the following stories as reported in the … Continue reading

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Obesity Study – Big Impact, Little Coverage

Last year, the Pew Research Center published the results of a year-long study of African Americans in U.S. news coverage. According to this study, mainstream news largely ignored African Americans. And when African Americans were in the news, the focus … Continue reading

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Diversity UNconsciousness – Top 5

My Top 5 for 2010, listed in no particular order: One: Terry Jones, the Florida pastor, who gained fleeting world-wide fame in the wake of his plan to torch thousands of Qurans on the anniversary of 911. The overpublicized and … Continue reading

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Some Perspective Please

Some Perspective Please As a sociologist, my training is to make connections, and look beyond the present, beyond the individual, and beyond the “bits and pieces” offered by the media. With regard to the ongoing controversy surrounding the location of … Continue reading

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