Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Generational Transmission of Ignorance: How Young is Too Young?

This post was (unfortunately) inspired by my daughter’s experiences with next-generation racists and bigots over the years, but particularly by a couple of recent incidents. Through this I have been reassured of my belief that ignorance, prejudices, stereotypes, and racist attitudes are learned, and thus transmitted from generation to generation. Unfortunately, there is no cure […]

Shopping While Black: Money Can’t Buy You Everything

A few weeks ago, I was listening to a segment on NPR’s TELL ME MORE called Snooty Swiss Saleswoman Equals Racism? The segment was in reference to the recent media hoopla about Oprah Winfrey’s shopping experience in Switzerland. During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Oprah was discussing her sentiments about the use of the N-word. […]

“Asians & Indians are the only ones with work ethic” & other inappropriate conversations

I’m sometimes surprised by what some people believe is okay to say out loud. For example, yesterday I overheard a middle aged white man say… “Asians and Indians are the only ones with a work ethic;” “I got an non Indian cardiologist- boy am I lucky;” and, “Indians tend to be arrogant.” This conversation took […]

Review of FX’s “The Bridge”: Being Provocative by Raising a Racial Issue Where There’s Not

Television shows are often used to address forward-thinking and competing views on important issues in society. NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and (now cancelled) Harry’s Law were infamous for addressing issues such as domestic violence, gay marriage, political sex scandals, etc. Some shows have taken the opportunity to also put forth images of changing norms […]

We Who Believe In Freedom Cannot Rest

This blog came about after witnessing a cross-cultural discussion between youth from Cape Town, South Africa and Newark, NJ. As I sat and listened to the group, I became painfully aware that our young people in America had no sense of the world around them. Although I knew this from my other interactions with young […]