Because She’s African

“The day after returning from anti-Apartheid leader Nelson Mandela’s memorial in South Africa, Israel’s first Ethiopian-born Knesset member Pnina Tamano-Shata (Yesh Atid), had her blood refused in a government donation drive because she is African. Volunteers at a Magen David Adom (Red Star of David—Israel’s Red Cross) booth set up inside of Knesset told Tamano […]

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There’s no such thing

There is no such thing as a good or true stereotype.   A stereotype is “a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.”  It is “an image perpetuated without change” that may or may not be based in an actual experience.  It is a “solid […]

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Race Fact #39: Microaggression

Dr. Silvia Mazzula in a post titled “But You Speak So Well”: How Latinos Experience Subtle Racism,” provides this noteworthy definition of microaggression: “things said or done – many times unconsciously – that reflect a person’s inner thinking, stereotypes and prejudices. They are difficult to recognize because they are brief, innocuous, and often difficult to see.”  She […]

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Expectations

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” ~ Jeremiah 29.11, KJV Expectations.  We all have them.  And if by some strange miracle we don’t, then we have plenty of expectations from others. So many that we won’t ever run […]

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Race Fact #17: What are stereotypes?

What are stereotypes? “Stereotypes, however inaccurate, are one form of representation.  Like fictions, they are created to serve as substitutions, standing in for what is real.  They are there not to tell it like it is but to invite and encourage pretense.  They are a fantasy, a projection onto the Other that makes them less […]

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