If a young person of color is fed a steady diet of movies, television shows, and plays in which characters that look like her exist only on the margins, how can we expect her to dream of taking center stage in school or work?
In general, at colleges/universities that are predominantly white, most, if not all of the Board of Trustee Members and Administrators, the people that actually oversee the President's management of an academic institution's finances and ensure that the institution has the capacity to fulfill its stated mission, are white.
I love Mizzou today just as much as I did the first day I learned about it. The only way that we are ever going to grow as a university, and as a community, is to listen to what everyone has to say. I know that it will take some time for the university to heal, but I know that I will still be here while it does.
I realized on November 24th 2014 that I needed to change direction. Up until then, I had dedicated myself to helping People of Color change- to attain employment authorization, or become US citizens, or attain corporate careers. From that evening on, I shifted focus- to helping White people change
One of the most important lessons learned in my four decades of higher education leadership is this: diversity is NOT a substitute for equity.
In time, and with the right kind of evidence, perhaps the court of public opinion can be better informed before deciding its verdict.
The majority of the statistics that are/were reality for Black gay men are out of their direct control. We have minimal impact on the environment in which we are raised and the types of prejudice we face during an interview or in the Board Room. But today, one of those predicted hurdles that must be continually overcome can be crossed off the list.
This need to embody a tough and masculine character is a major problem among musicians like Drake, and adds to the amount of societal pressure for young Black men to fulfill damaging stereotypes.
From California to Missouri to New York, structural oppression exists in every educational institution across the United States. It cannot be placed on a handful of people making prejudiced comments or simply pinned on outwardly racist, sexist, classist or homophobic actions. Systematic oppression is reflected in both the explicit actions of some and the implicit actions of many.
Black students experience black tape all of the time at Harvard Law. We see black tape when white students overaggressively challenge the intelligence of Black and/or women professors in the classroom.
Negative attitudes and beliefs about gender nonconforming identities and people alone cannot explain the unrelenting violence against black and brown transgender women.
No is powerful. It's a big weapon to have in your arsenal. But it is a very tough weapon to deploy.
The portraits of black professors, the ones that bring me and so many other black students feelings of pride and promise, were defaced. Their faces were covered with a single piece of black tape, crossing them out of Harvard Law School's legacy of legal scholarship.
Occasionally, we would want to reconcile, and let bygones be bygones, let sleeping dogs lie, let the water pass under the bridge; but when we visit and with love in our eyes say daddy, we are rejected, and reminded to know our place, and who is still the man in this house.
Fixing the problem of mass incarceration, and other matters, were discussed at length in the Justice Reform Panel. Police chiefs don't deny there is a problem with racial profiling in some jurisdictions, and in some states, and aim to fix it.
A Black female student's violent assault and arrest by a school police officer at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina has exposed a wider audience to the dangerous consequences of embedding police in schools.
By adding thuggishness to his resume, Carson completes a white audience's bias-fueled expectation of him--poor, black, and violent--the stereotype trifecta.
This isn't an international tragedy contest. Lives lost are lives lost. So, criticism and critique shouldn't 100% be placed on those who show their support.
Perhaps the claim that we live in a "post-racial society" is an expression of hope, and maintaining hope is nothing short of a moral imperative in today's uncertain world. I suspect, however, that the term "post-racial society" is also an expression of denial, an invitation to turn away from reality.
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