The Race Test: I am White

White Tim White talks a lot about White Privilege, White Peggy McIntosh is well-known for “Unpacking the White Knapsack” about what it means to be white, and most recently, White Mikhail Lyubansky, professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, takes a stab at the notion in his article on psychologytoday.com, “Going Where Glenn Beck…

Cute Racoons? Think Again! Racial-Ethnic Stereotypes Abound in Furry Vengeance

Remember the 1958 film The Blob, with its big red amorphous goo rolling and taking over the town, absorbing the minds of young people who were not strong enough to resist?  Of course the “BIG RED BLOB” was none too subtle a reference to the Red Scare and fear of Communism taking over the US.  Russia’s…

Five Questions for @cmcilwain About Teaching Kids About Race

Intercultural Talk was delighted to catch up with Dr. Charlton McIlwain following his ‘appearance’ on DoctorRadio on Sirius/XM Radio earlier this week, talking about “Teaching Kids about Race.”  1.  What are the top three pointers you have for parents when teaching kids about race? 1. Be willing to talk to your kids about race. 2.…

Dillon’s Pick: Confederate Insurance Company? Ouch!

Dillon’s pick this week is the ad above for “Confederate Family Insurance. It was so offensive, that we realized it couldn’t possibly be true.  Indeed, it is from Spike Lee’s faux documentary “Confederate States of America,” that looks at the US as thought the South had won the Civil War. It’s extreme representations, however, provide perfect…

The Truth About Teaching our Kids About Prejudice/Racism: Sometimes We’re Speechless

Dillon, bless his little heart, at only 8 years old had to get a root canal last week.  He had broken his tooth while playing last March, and unfortunately it had gotten infected. But that’s not the real story.  My husband was in the room with him as the Dentist got started.  “Would you like…

Happy Halloween. I’m Going as a Brazilian. Or a Jew. Or a Brazilian Jew.

Doesn’t everyone have that one friend who doesn’t dress up for Halloween, but likes to come up with ways to describe his/her costume anyway, as in “I’m dressed as a pedestrian.” At first I declared I was dressed Brazilian, after deciding not to change my shirt in response to my 8 year old’s announcement that “I…

Business Case for Diversity, c-e-o Networking and Diversity Workshop: Conscious vs Sub-conscious Review

The short version of this post is a summary of the workshop I presented today at the C-E-O conference for collegiate entrepreneurs in Chicago.  One person who arrived at the end had asked if there was anywhere to capture the information in the 50 minute workshop.  So, here is the “objective” short version: We covered the “Why”…

Huckleberry Finn Good for Starting Positive Conversations about Race

My dad and I came to an impasse again recently.  It happens whenever we get into a conversation about race.  Or more specifically, a conversation about something that happened in the news or real life where people of different races were involved.  As in “they believe this way” from him, and “you can’t call an…