Robert P. Jones in The Atlantic states: “One reason for the racial divide over Michael Brown’s death is that white Americans tend to talk mostly to other white people.” He goes on to say: “The shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri…has snapped the issue of race into national focus…causing many Americans to question just how far racial equality and race relations have come, even in an era of a black president and a black attorney general.” To read more, click here.
December 11, 2014
November 22, 2014
On the website, RadioTimes, Sarah Millican, a comedian, said, “A funny thing happens when female celebrities hit the red carpet: The world tends to forget that they are actual human beings, with feelings and everything.”
She continues: “I thought I had been invited to such an illustrious event because I am good at my job. Putting clothes on is such a small part of my day. They may as well have been criticising me for brushing my teeth differently to them.” To read more, click here.
February 16, 2014
October 10, 2013
In the “Opinion Pages” of The New York Times, Adam Frank, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester, points out that today it is politically effective, and socially acceptable, to deny scientific fact.
Frank states that though transparently unscientific, denying evolution has become a litmus test for some conservative politicians, even at the highest levels. He explains that Americans always expected their children to face a brighter economic future, and scientists expected their students to inherit a world where science was embraced by an ever-larger fraction of the population. To read more, click here.
September 19, 2013
The Jewish Museum in Berlin is stirring up controversy with an exhibit called “The Whole Truth: Everything You Wanted to Know About Jews.” The element of the show getting the most attention is a cast of Jewish men and women who take turns sitting in a Plexiglas box, and answering visitors’ questions about Jewish life and culture. To read more, click here.
March 21, 2012
This tongue-in-cheek guide for avoiding difficult conversations about racism, sexism and other isms offers approachable lessons on how people mistreat one another in casual conversations about some of the most important topics facing our society. The list of “derailers,” which range from “You’re being hostile, ” to “But that happens to me too,” offers insight into the everyday toxic dynamics that keep progress around oppression and diversity in check. To read more, click here.