Diversity Literacy Galaxy Model ~ Do We Dare to Look Through the Lens?

Diversity Literacy Galaxy Model ~ Do We Dare to Look Through the Lens?

Conversations about Diversity can be uncomfortable and exasperating.
It is easier to not engage, frustrated by what we don’t know that we don’t know about Diversity.
Unfortunately, ‘Diversity’ has been politicized and weaponized leading to fear, confusion and reluctance to civilly and openly discuss Diversity and its threads.
The Diversity Literacy Galaxy Model provides language, knowledge-bases, and context that can provide opportunities for discourse through introspection, personal growth and change.

Discourse with Mutual Respect, Dignity and Integrity ~ Humanizing Norms When Discussing Diversity

Discourse with Mutual Respect, Dignity and Integrity ~ Humanizing Norms When Discussing Diversity

“When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it. There is no greater evil one can suffer than to hate reasonable discourse. To express oneself badly is not only faulty as far as the language goes but does some harm to the soul.”
Attributed to Socratic Philosophy

Critical White Studies Part V ~ White Loss

Critical White Studies Part V ~ White Loss

Diversity has always been with us.
So why the division on inclusivity and equity?
Why the lingering fear by some “white people” of losing their power, control and of being replaced?
Why the contrived “fear mongering” meant to divide, exclude and suppress?

A Democracy calls for all citizens to be included, treated with dignity and empowered in order to enhance the quality of life for all.

So why the angst with “white loss”?

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933

Critical White Studies Part IV ~ Aversive Racism by the Well-Intentioned

Critical White Studies Part IV ~ Aversive Racism by the Well-Intentioned

“Hey, slavery happened long, long ago!” “We were not there!” “We do not own slaves!”
“We no longer lynch anyone!”
“I harbor no ill will towards anyone.” “We are now a color blind society.” “We are a melting pot.”
“I do not believe or support White Supremacy, Domestic Terrorism and Hate Groups!”
“I understand that all lives matter.” “What more do you want from White America?”
One of the most difficult concepts to explain is “aversive racism by the well intentioned.”

Five Part Series ~
Critical White Studies I: White Privilege
Critical White Studies II: White Knapsack
Critical White Studies III: White Capital
Critical White Studies IV: Aversive Racism by the Well Intentioned
Critical White Studies V: White Loss

Critical White Studies Part III ~ White Capital

Critical White Studies Part III ~ White Capital

What has value and worth in our lives?
What has significance, capital and access to power, control and dominance?
How about the “capital” of our identity and that of others?

Part III of Critical White Studies provides some answers and of course, critical questions that may linger.

Five Part Series ~
Critical White Studies I: White Privilege
Critical White Studies II: White Knapsack
Critical White Studies III: White Capital
Critical White Studies IV: Aversive Racism by the Well Intentioned
Critical White Studies V: White Loss

Critical White Studies Part II ~ The Knapsack of Privileges

Critical White Studies Part II ~ The Knapsack of Privileges

“White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks. Describing White privilege makes one newly accountable. As we in Women’s Studies work to reveal male privilege and ask men to give up some of their power, so one who writes abut white privilege must ask – Having described it, what will I do to lessen or end it?”
– Peggy Macintosh

Five Part Series ~
Critical White Studies I: White Privilege
Critical White Studies II: The Knapsack
Critical White Studies III: White Capital
Critical White Studies IV: Aversive Racism by the Well Intentioned
Critical White Studies V: White Loss

Critical White Studies Part I ~ White Privilege

Critical White Studies Part I ~ White Privilege

A controversial topic at the table of American discourse is always the construct of “Whiteness.”
A civil discussion requires a semblance of historical knowledge, context, language, critical research and thinking.
These are the tools that provide veracity, confidence and consideration of different perspectives and perceptions.
These tools also provide emotional intelligence and moral courage to stay the course, continue the conversation and even enhance it.
The discourse is not a walk in the park and can be personally exhaustive and painful.
But to fear critically examining and dissecting the tenets of -isms and phobias only speaks to the desperation of keeping such fallacies alive.
The five part series provides awareness, insights and possible solutions that remain in our hands.
The choice to engage or not has always been ours.

Five Part Series ~
Critical White Studies I: White Privilege
Critical White Studies II: The Knapsack
Critical White Studies III: White Capital
Critical White Studies IV: Aversive Racism by the Well Intentioned
Critical White Studies V: White Loss

Deconstructing the Golden Rule ~ Treat Others as They Wish to be Treated

Deconstructing the Golden Rule ~ Treat Others as They Wish to be Treated

“Do unto others . . . ” you know the rest.
It was always preached – right?!
So easy to say – maybe too easy, and for a reason.
Is it all about “me, myself and I” with casually mentioning the “others”?
How about –
“Do unto others as they wish to have done unto them.”
Let’s see which one passes the test of recognition, authenticity and validation . . . in the 21st Century.

Game of Thrones and Throngs ~ When Fantasy Mirrors Reality

Game of Thrones and Throngs ~ When Fantasy Mirrors Reality

“Littlefingers and White Walkers”
One a human misogynistic, narcissist, charlatan always lying creating chaos.
Then the White Walkers scaring Ice and Fire out of us!
Both were extremists, fear mongering, bent on leaving ashes behind.
They were a threat to man, woman and child.
But only a fantasy in George R. R. Martin’s mind.
Exhale – It’s 2023 and we live in the real world of the 21st Century – right?
No need to fear political charlatans and extreme Domestic White Walkers – right?

Trenzas ~ Weaving a Tapestry of Diasporic LatinX Self-Affirmation

Trenzas ~ Weaving a Tapestry of Diasporic LatinX Self-Affirmation

“. . . we owe some of the more iconic works of LatinX literature to pioneering emplumados and emplumadas who transformed these oral traditions into written narratives. As Ethnic and Cultural Studies scholars have rightfully observed, much of their literary production can be read as autobiography or as cultural ethnographies.”
– Jorge Chinea
Artistry by: Arlette Lucero – Latina-artist