The Damaging Politics of Polarization

Public comments by politicians can bring issues such as anti-immigration and racism to the forefront in a powerful way. It’s easy to have an emotional reaction, whatever ‘side’ they’re on. [...]

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Hiding Behind Unconscious Bias

Although we are all prone to having unconscious biases about different people, it should not be used to obfuscate or used as cover for egregious acts against people of colour.

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The Dream Explodes

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 [...]

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Blinded by “Merit”

Few people would disagree that Blacks and other non-whites are treated differently than whites by the criminal justice system.  All the statistical data show that Blacks get harsher penalties, [...]

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The Great Diversity Divide

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Diversity Disconnect

For many people the word “diversity” is an honourific term that denotes positive things in the workplace, on teams or in neighbourhoods: including more creativity, more innovation, [...]

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Heeding Dr. King’s Warning

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated yesterday (Jan 20) across the United States, in Canada and around the world.  This is done each year on the third Monday of January. The day had me [...]

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The Lighter the Brighter?

A new study by researchers at San Francisco State University has confirmed what many people have known all along (at least those in the African Diaspora). The study titled, “When an [...]

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