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

Never Too Early ~ Producing a Globally Sensitive Generation

Never Too Early ~ Producing a Globally Sensitive Generation

Increasingly, one of the challenges of a homogenous teacher population teaching an exponentially growing heterogenous student body from diverse families and backgrounds requires rethinking what teaching and learning means in the 21st Century.
It becomes the responsibility of teachers to challenge social -isms and phobias so as to create safe cultural school environments that accept, affirm and build on the identities of all students with respect, dignity and integrity.

The Truth is the Truth ~ All Else Is an Option ~ History Tells Us So

The Truth is the Truth ~ All Else Is an Option ~ History Tells Us So

Why has it been so hard for human beings historically to admit the TRUTH?
Is it our social-cultural-political-religious ego, our propensity to believe that “right is right and we are always right?”
Is it that the TRUTH reflects and reveals our constructed flawed identities?
Seriously, what is it about us that draws us to deviate from veracity with options, even when the TRUTH is staring back?

Ethnographic Citizenry ~ Able to Observe Diversity and Embrace It

Ethnographic Citizenry ~ Able to Observe Diversity and Embrace It

The Zulu greeting of “Sawubona” means “I see you.”
These are more than words of politeness.
Sawubona carries the importance of recognizing the worth and dignity of each person.
It says, “I see the whole of you—your experiences, your passions, your pain, your strengths and weaknesses, and your future. You are valuable to me.”
Sawubona is also infused with the belief that when others “see” me, then I exist.
The common response is “Shiboka”, which means “I exist for you”.
These are more than greetings.
Awareness and observation go far beyond looking and seeing – a matter of validating presence.

The Ugly American in New Duds ~ But Same Stench and Out of Step

The Ugly American in New Duds ~ But Same Stench and Out of Step

There are some commonalities among Americans.
Some say that taxes and death are two.
My dad provided another that has kept me humble.
He simply said, “Just remember that your ‘mierda’ (poop) stinks just as much as anyone else’s.”
By the way, yours does too.
But please, don’t make a pie out of it!

Diversity and Athletics as Fans and Citizens

Diversity and Athletics as Fans and Citizens

Athletics and sports are part of our social-cultural matrix. They are our communal national passion. We love our sports and marvel at human athleticism.
Can we, connect our fanaticism with athletics to our responsibilities to our Democracy as citizens?
Can we turn March Madness to a daily passion to enhance the quality of life, inclusivity and equity for each fan and citizen?
History beckons us to do so.

NEW‼️ Counter Voices – A podcast on Diversity, Inclusivity, Equity, Democracy and Citizenship

NEW‼️ Counter Voices – A podcast on Diversity, Inclusivity, Equity, Democracy and Citizenship

Counter Voices is an augmentation of the website Diversity-Threads.com. The vision and mission is to provide awareness, insights and understanding of the dimensions of Diversity in order to engage in conversations without fear and apprehension. As with the website, the podcast provides language, references, research, stories, and strategies on how to approach with confidence challenging…