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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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Who’s Racist: Donald Trump and/or David Duke?

Donald Trump and David Duke are both politicians.  Both participated in the Republican Presidential primaries.  Trump has garnered more support than Duke ever did.  However, it is worth mentioning that Duke ran for Governor of Louisiana in 1991 and received … Continue reading

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College, Race, and the Leadership Void At the Top

When I attended Colgate University, I remember Black students taking over the administration building.  They camped out in the hallways and offices and refused to let administrators in until their demands were met.  That was almost fifty years ago. Now, … 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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Diversity Training and Police: Ten Success Strategies Part I

As someone who has conducted training for police in the field of diversity, I am well aware of the challenge of doing this effectively.  Increasingly, attention is directed at “divides” in the U.S., including those that evolve around race, ethnicity, … Continue reading

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Racial Tensions with Police, Privilege, and Perspective:  Thirteen “Assets” in My Life

As a white, middle class male who lives in a suburb of Baltimore, I enjoy what Peggy McIntosh refers to as “an invisible package of unearned assets which I can count on cashing in each day.”  My interaction with my … Continue reading

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Learning from Ferguson

Since the August 9th killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a white police officer by the name of Darren  Wilson, protests in Ferguson, Missouri have become commonplace.  Thousands have participated in these protests, and many have voiced … Continue reading

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Graduation Groupthink

At the end of the school year, I sometimes reflect back on my graduation from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.  In 1971, our graduation speaker was U. S. Secretary of State William P.  Rogers.  I do not remember one … Continue reading

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