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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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Believing is Seeing: Dungy, Cuban, and Kwasman

In my book, Diversity Consciousness:  Opening Our Minds to People, Cultures, and Opportunities, I discuss six barriers that get in the way of success, for ourselves and others.  One of the six is limited perceptions.    While we may assume that … Continue reading

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Obama Will Address Race and Racism Tonight

As the nation’s first Black President, Obama has ignored the importance of race and forgotten that racism even exists.  His silence on race has lent credence to the idea that we live in a post-racial society.  He has ignored his … Continue reading

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Young Diversity Champions

Too often, schools, places of worship, and parents abdicate the responsibility of teaching children to respect and value diversity in spite of research that shows the development of prejudices, stereotypes, and race-specific attitudes often predates kindergarten.  And it can be … Continue reading

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Our Feelings About Trayvon

I teach at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC).  BCCC has a population that is predominantly African-American.  As a Professor of Sociology, I hear about all of the issues, concerns, and feelings that my students bring to class with them each … Continue reading

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Newt’s Comments: Simplifying a Complex Issue: Part Two

In his book, Race Matters, Dr. Cornel West criticizes those such as Newt Gingrich who put the blame for poverty squarely on the shoulders of the individual.  But West, an African-American scholar who teaches at Princeton University, also takes liberals … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Tolerance

Think back to those teachers and lifelong lessons that have stayed with you over the years.  Forty-three years ago, a teacher walked into her elementary school classroom with an unconventional lesson plan, to say the least.  She was teaching a … Continue reading

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Defining Racism

Recently, on a local talk radio show, a guest mentioned that she was walking down a street in Washington, DC, and heard footsteps behind her. Before she could even think about how to react, the following raced through her mind; … Continue reading

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Tutu the Teacher

Last week, Archbishop Desmond Tutu retired at the age of 79. As a teacher, his students spanned the globe. One of the most important lessons I learned from him has to do with our hidden biases, and the subtle ways … 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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