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…

Translating Timothy Cole’s Injustice into Anti-Racist Action

The problem with stereotyping is that it presumes guilt before innocence, dictating that someone will behave a certain way because of their race or ethnicity.  In the extreme, the results can be devastating, as they were for the late Timothy Cole, a young black man who was exonerated last week for a rape he didn’t…

Intercultural Communications, and Diversity Metrics: the Bottom Line Meets Social Justice

 When looking at metrics to support training for communicating to people from different countries, it’s easy.  There’s a very clear cut set of rules.  You learn specific customs (e.g. don’t show the bottom of your shoe when sitting with legs crossed in Pakistan, exchange business cards with two hands in Japan, etc.); you go to…