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(From the New York Times) — When our reality is too ugly, we deny reality. It is too painful to look at. Reality is too hard to accept.

Mental health experts routinely say that denial is among the most common defense mechanisms. Denial is how the person defends his superior sense of self, her racially unequal society.

Denial is how America defends itself as superior to “shithole countries” in Africa and elsewhere, as President Trump

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This essay highlights one of Beyond Diversity‘s tenants for the anti-oppression work it engages in. That is, the ability to admit to being racist, sexist, ableist or which ever -ism applies. Reflexive denials inescapably fuel the very thing that is being denied, which in turn enables systematic oppression to woefully persist.