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Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice and Racism

In News, Opinion on January 27, 2012 at 12:44 am
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I know what you’re thinking: No kidding, right!

Most people with functioning frontal lobes already know that racism is a byproduct of having preconceived notions and expectations based on incomplete racist extremes. And now, for all the lovely racist conservatives out there, we have an official scientific study for them to now try to debunk: http://news.yahoo.com/low-iq-conservative-beliefs-linked-prejudice-180403506.html

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Shocker: Parents Disapprove of Interracial Relationship

In News, Opinion on December 20, 2011 at 1:37 am
THINK

Image via Wikipedia. Wouldn't it be great if this is what people did before they spoke?

Sad, lonely monkey contemplates Freud

From the (I’m assuming) good folks at PsychCentral, there’s a recent post by psychologist and family counselor Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker addressing a concerned teenager in an interracial relationship, and surprise surprise, saddled with disapproving parents.

While I can’t disagree with Dr. Hartwell-Walker’s measured and logical response, I kind of wish she’d told the young teenage eighth grader to tell her parents that she’d date whomever she liked and would theretofore establish her own independence as a young woman.

But I guess that might be why I’m not a therapist like Dr. Hartwell-Walker.

Anyhow, here’s the link to her piece:

Are Racism and Prejudice Taught?

In Main Event, News on August 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm
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Image via Wikipedia. Is a brown eye really superior to a blue eye? Watch these videos and you tell me.

Jane Elliot (http://www.janeelliott.com) is an American teacher, who, during the 1960s, taught children anti-racism classes (although unbeknownst to the children for most for of the duration of the “experiment”) in her third grade classes.

The children were told that those with blue eyes were superior to those with brown eyes; and that the blue eyed children would be allowed more play time and receive other perks as well – since, of course, they were not as messy or as slow as the brown-eyed children.

After a little while, the brown eyed children were forced to wear special collars, and were more regularly mocked and derided by blue eyed students for perceived flaws and slovenly character traits.

If a brown eyed child make a mistake or was slow or cried, it would be pointed out that it was because of that child’s inferior state of being. S/he couldn’t help it, because sh/e was just naturally inferior, anyway.

Jan Elliot is a pioneer in what is now called “diversity training,” or “sensitivity training,” before it existed as now know it.

Undoubtedly, Jane Elliot could not teach children her anti-racism instruction in today’s private or parochial schools without eventually having some manner of legal action taken against her-and certainly she has (and continues to) receive negative or misunderstood reactions to what she’s trying to inculcate in (now) adults.

She came to the conclusion eventually that racism and prejudice are indeed taught, but that also, more importantly, that what can be taught can also be un-taught…at least to some extent.

Of course, “un-learning” (to paraphrase George W. Bush) racism takes time. Lots of time. And she’s a strong-willed, conscientious educator for continuing her mission.

If you’d like to learn more about Jane Elliot’s experiences in teaching “anti-racism” and how she does it, take some time to watch these truly eye-opening (pun intended) videos to get the proverbial ball rolling:

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Frontline’s “A Class Divided” episode featuring Jane Elliot and her classes/training shows all 3 videos in one website, that also has teaching note and a great interview with Jane Elliot:

Which Ethnic Groups are Most Accepting of Interracial Marriages?

In Main Event, News, Opinion on August 17, 2011 at 6:54 pm
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Image via Wikipedia. Interracial marriage seems to have worked pretty well for these two cool cats.

Here’s a link to an interesting piece by Kyle A. Hill, dated June 1, 2011, that appeared in the Kaleazy website, which is a “multidisciplinary design firm,” regarding, guess what, which ethnic groups are supposedly most accepting of interracial marriages.

What’s the gist of this article? How accurate (or inaccurate) is it? Does it make any broad, sweeping generalizations?

One-in-Seven New U.S. Marriages is Interracial or Interethnic Marrying Out

In Main Event, News on August 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm
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Whenever I read the term “marrying out,” it always makes me think of ordering out. I guess if you can’t get what you’d normally get at home, you have to pick up the cell and “marry out.”

How much of societal stress and pressure over interracial dating and marriage is about finding what society accepts as norm and how much of this is about finding a loving partner, regardless of race or ethnicity?

Let us know your thoughts.

Here’s a link to this brief piece from the website HispanicOhio.com, by Jeffrey Passel, Wendy Wang, and Paul Taylor:

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