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Ferguson Report: A How-Not-To-Do-It Guide To Law Enforcement

Reading the Department of Justice Report on the Ferguson Police Department is a lot like reading a “How-Not-To-Do-It Guide” to law enforcement. The findings of the DOJ are shocking in the extreme. The report highlights so many violations of human and civil rights of the residents of Ferguson – mostly African Americans - that it... Read More

Hiding Behind Unconscious Bias

The recent admission by the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that law enforcement officers are racially biased has been rightfully described as “unusually candid.”  However, no-one has called James Comey’s remarks “original.” Comey, like so many before him, is calling for “honest and open conversations” about race and law enforcement. It seems after... Read More

Culture and Forgiveness

  The word “forgiveness” has been popping up a lot these days in the media. Actor Mark Wahlberg is asking for forgiveness for committing racially motivated assaults as a teenager.  In filing an application for a pardon with the state of Massachusetts, the 43-year-old actor says when he attacked a Vietnamese man with a stick... Read More

The Dream Explodes

[caption id="attachment_733" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Police wearing riot gear walk toward a man with his hands raised in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)[/caption] In his poem Dream Deferred, Langston Hughes asked:  "What happens to a dream deferred ?"  Sixty three years later, we have found an answer in Ferguson, Missouri. Some people say the anger of... Read More

The “One Happy”

 The province of Saskatchewan has a booming economy but projections are that the current workforce will shrink as workers get older. So they are looking for workers. However, merely filling the ranks is not good enough. They must create an inclusive culture.  Despite being recognized as one of Canada's top "diversity employers", creating an inclusive culture is... Read More

The Great Diversity Divide

[caption id="attachment_665" align="aligncenter" width="660"] The Grand Canyon and the Colorado River[/caption] There’s an ongoing war of words between the anti-oppression, diversity and inclusion and intercultural competence camps. It can be nasty sometimes. All sides have the same goal of eliminating discrimination, racism and creating inclusive workplaces, but their approaches are very different. After attending an... Read More

Diversity on All Cylinders

A successful diversity and inclusive program has many moving parts, so it's important to make sure all the parts are operating at full capacity. And like a high-performance sports car, the D&I program must run on all cylinders. Diversity programs are often initiated in the human resources department for many reasons. For example, the organization... Read More

Eliminating Racism

Today is the International Day for the Elimination  of Racial Discrimination.  It is an odd day indeed. Do we wish each other "happy racism elimination day" or do we  express "condolences"? In 1966 the United Nations designated March 21 to commemorate the policing killing of 69 people (mostly unarmed students) at a peaceful demonstration against the... Read More