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The concept of colorism dates back as far as chattel slavery in the United States, with its earliest origins emerging as a grotesque outcome of white slave owner rape. As the article suggests, same-race prejudice evolved side by side with racism. It was a learned phenomenon, passed down through the generations and fueled by persistent external forces such as the Black Codes, Jim Crow statutes, and stereotypic misrepresentations of African Americans in media. It was also marked by a condition defined by the Beyond Diversity Resource Center and others as internalized racial oppression. Understanding its often self-defeating mechanisms, both conscious and unconscious, require education, empathy and deep reflection. Yet much like racism is in the white community, colorism among African Americans is a painful and often taboo topic. Addressing and interrupting colorism requires methods of critical exploration on the subject that must be tempered with brave compassion.
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This article reports on efforts to promote the equitable inclusion of everyone in college athletics, including those who may be disabled. And rightly so. Equity is about more than skin color. Its fabric extends to nearly all dimensions related to human identity. It is especially relevant at a systems level, particularly when there exists a dominant identity (i.e., male, white, straight, etc.) that inevitably expresses its “norms” in injurious ways. Whether this happens consciously or unconsciously to a non-dominant group, the outcome is similar: oppression. Identities involving physical and mental ability are no exception. In fact, ableism is one of the most invisible forms of oppression that exist. This makes it a center point for examination. Because of a general lack of awareness (or worse, denial) of even the most common issues associated with persons who have different abilities, it’s critical to acknowledge that ableism is real. Painting persons with a disability in just one dimension is common among even the most well-meaning nondisabled person. It reinforces discrimination and speaks to a dreadful bias that limits the incredible potential of tens of millions of people – approximately one in five, according to the 2000 U.S. Census.
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This information is nothing new in large part for those who work in the music industry. Gender disparities behind the scenes have been operating for decades, if not entire generations. Age old business foils, such as nepotism, cronyism and the good ol’ boy network are just part of the problem. When it comes to workplace discrimination for woman, sexism is rampant. Confronting stereotypes and biases, as well as sexual assaults and emotional violence is paramount. But there’s no easy fix to these patterns of oppression.
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A salient issue in this opinion piece not central to the author’s point, yet is glaring in its magnitude, is the reality of bias and how it plays out. Bias exists in all of us. It can operate at both a conscious and unconscious level. Some biases are harmless (i.e., favorite color or vacation location, dislike of winter or chocolate ice cream, etc.). It is when bias operates without our awareness that it is particularly problematic — especially when it comes to perceiving people who are different than one’s self. Its deleterious effects can range from distasteful prejudicial thoughts to discriminatory action or inaction against an individual or group of people. Both are toxic. With respect to the issue of military service and other professional vocations, personal bias in the workplace is unproductive and limits human resource capacity. It’s the same in the education sector. Unhealthy forms of bias thrives on negative stereotype narratives, which are reinforced through self-fulfilling prophecy. Bias (especially the unconscious kind) can trick us into believing our opinion is fact, no matter the evidence to the contrary. This distorted mental storytelling diminishes our ability to see others different from us as they truly are: fully formed human beings. And it begs the question, how do we work on something that can operate outside of our conscious awareness? Here are three concrete ways: 1.) Talk about it; 2.) Move with compassion; 3.)  Practice empathy.
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This article punctuates how "principled" thinking by a person setting or attempting to set policy in a system or institution can be harmful. In this case, harmful due to a lack of critical analysis of their position, and an apparent ignorance of history. Essentially what is being promoted here is a veiled version of the "Separate but Equal" doctrine. Fortunately, townspeople and other municipal officials disagree with their Town Manager. Helping individuals and organizations gain a deeper understanding of how racism (and other forms of oppression) operates in systems is vital. That's because the ripple effects of apparently benign decisions and policies can have devastating results in our institutions and businesses.
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The Heartbeat of Racism Is Denial
The Heartbeat of Racism Is Denial
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Let Truth’s $10 be worth more than two cents
Sojourner Truth... News in 2015 that Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman
were selected to be featured on United States currency was at first blessing. Now
it’s feeling more like a curse.               The
facts, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasu...
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It Takes a Village to Build a Village
It’s recited by many that it takes a village to
raise a child. New Level Sports (NLS) is taking that mantra to heart,
literally, with development of a three-year project that’s been envisioned for
years. Now that it’s happening, time for the community to st...
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Stop Celebrating Violence and Focus Instead on Family
Back in April of this year, in less than a week, four public school systems in
Calhoun County were hit by threats of mass violence. The culprits? Youth.
Children. Our kids. What in the hell is going on? It’s tempting use the F word instead. The situation is...
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Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day for the right reasons
Jackie Robinson swung for the fence in more ways than one April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day . It’s an annual
date I celebrate with reverence. Not because it honors the first African
American to play Major League Baseball (MLB). Instead I recognize this day
be...
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