Figuring Out If Racism Can Be Stopped in the Third Grade

“…but at base the school hopes to initiate what it calls “authentic” conversations about race, which researchers suggest may actually have been inhibited by liberal values for decades. Under the spell of color-blindness, previous generations have tended to avoid race as a subject, hushing their children when they refer to playground playmates as “brown,” believing that by not acknowledging race in public they were enacting a desire for equality for all. In fact, in the academic literature, “color-blindness” now refers to the reluctance to address race, not the ideal of casual intermingling.

For advocates of a new approach, that reluctance can be devastating — a refusal to acknowledge the full humanity of others.”

via Can Racism Be Stopped in the Third Grade? — Science of Us.

Art imitiating life

I am at a lost for words to describe how it feels to hear the decision of juries for the Mike Brown and Eric Garner cases. Hurt, anger, fear, shame, sadness, indifference and grief all at the same time. This is some traumatic kind of living.

“For his part, director Spike Lee took the video of the incident, which went viral, and intercut scenes of Radio Raheem’s death sequence in his seminal 1989 film, “Do The Right Thing,” essentially holding up a mirror to reality, emphasizing how much his art seemingly imitates (or maybe I should say, reflects) real life – still, some 25 years later, since that film’s releaseway.”

h/t Shadow and Act

Misconceptions About Wealth Inequality in America

Think you know how wealth is distributed in America? Think again.

A YouTube video that went viral a few weeks ago reminds us that our  perceptions of who has money and how much they have is quite skewed.

Four More Years: The Day After Election Day

“I walked here to vote, but I don’t even know who to vote for. Like, I don’t even know all the candidates’ names “

-Overheard at the polling station

As the votes are tallied to confirm President Barack Obama’s re-election victory, I wonder what the next four years will look like for the United States. Will it be a place of  bipartisan collaboration, civility, and respect? Or, will it be a place of fear-mongering, misinformation, and dishonesty?

The optimist in me hopes that people and politicians alike, will put aside their personal biases and see that we are actually more inter-dependent than we admit to ourselves. And, I even hope that the next few years allow for less polarizing discussions about politics because I’m tired of the inflammatory commentary coursing through every news medium.

But, most of all I want all political parties and voter advocacy groups to make a more conscientious effort to educate and empower young voters. It was heartbreaking to be standing in line and hear a young woman express here confusion to selecting a candidate for President. She knew to vote, but she did not know whom to vote for. The look of bewilderment on her face when I responded that there were a variety of candidates to choose from, revealed her ignorance.

So, how did this happen? Seriously, how did it become possible for a voter to not know who all the candidates were and why she should vote for one of them?

 

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