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Prepare for Thanksgiving Stereotypes and Myths

Prepare for Thanksgiving Stereotypes and Myths

It seems that once we finish dealing with racial caricatures on display for Halloween, we have the annual (U.S.) Thanksgiving-related caricatures of Native people. Rather than waiting until you need to correct the problems at your kid’s school (for those who have kids), you can be proactive in providing information about how harmful stereotypes are
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Conversation between great Black feminists, bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry

Conversation between great Black feminists, bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry

So I finally had a chance to watch last week’s 90-minute conversation between bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry, and given its length, I thought I’d jot down some general topics that they to make it easier to find, for those who want to listen again to a certain bit, or those who just don’t have time
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Confronting Ableist Language

Confronting Ableist Language

Blogger Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg posts about her struggles confronting ableist language among social justice advocates: People who are of non-normative intelligence or ability (narrowly defined) are simply considered less-than, so it’s the height of insult to call someone “stupid” or “a moron” or “a person with a low IQ.”  Most people no longer use phrases like
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Damascus Road in the Mennonite Press

Damascus Road in the Mennonite Press

Here’s a look into the history of Roots of Justice/Damascus Road, and the work that remains to be done. A reminder that this work is indeed about the long haul. It’s a journey – won’t you come along? http://www.themennonite.org/issues/16-11/articles/Beyond_tokenism

Moral and Economic Costs of Slavery on the Diane Rehm Show

NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show had an informative discussion today about the “Moral and Economic Costs of Slavery,” building on the new film “12 Years a Slave.” You can listen the 55-minute segment here.

Costume Flow Charts and Analysis

Costume Flow Charts and Analysis

Each of the last couple of years, Halloween time sees a number of flow charts getting passed around through social media helping people answer the question, “Is this costume racist?” These are helpful to an extent, and usually add enough humor to help them spread. But their medium limits their analysis. Jenée Desmond-Harris has contributed
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