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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Our Problems with Diversity

It’s amazing the transformation that the United States of America has undergone in such a short span of time.  Once an outwardly segregationist empire, capitalism has changed the way that we do business.  There are inter-cultural services being offered and businesses owned by persons of various cultural backgrounds share the same block and sometimes building […]

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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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What are you thinking?

“Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” ~ Philippians 4.8, NRSV “We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God […]

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Race Fact #22: Race and Character

One’s race does not determine character or temperament. “The nineteenth century was obsessed with the idea that it was race which explained the character of peoples.  The notion that traits of temperament and intelligence are inborn in races and only superficially changed by environment or education was enough to blind the dominant (so- called) whites.” […]

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Something To Talk About

We often say that a picture is worth one thousand words.  Well, why is that we have so few in our vocabulary when it comes to race? So few images of cultures different from our own, so few ways of seeing each other outside of race and its stereotypes?  Sadly, we really do believe that […]

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Race Is Not Human Nature

Nature, noun: “the fundamental qualities of a person or thing; identity or essential character; disposition or temperament; tendencies, desires, instincts governing behavior; the normal biological needs or urges of the body; sort; kind; character; the real appearance of a person or thing; accepted standards of basic morality or behavior” ~World English Dictionary Race does not […]

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