White Privilege

Today I learned of a great essay entitled “White Priviledge: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” written by Ms. Peggy McIntosh in 1988. Amazing insight and awareness of how “white priviledge” manifests itself in our daily lives. The information Ms. McIntosh provided in her essay is,IMHO, “100% on the money”. White privilege still prevails in America. You doubt that statement of fact? Ask Oprah Winfrey how a retail store person refused to show her a handbag because it was “too expensive.” You think Julie Roberts would have encountered such suspicion? Peggy McIntosh is associate director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women. This essay is excerpted from Working Paper 189. … Read More

Black hair bias

White recruiters often project a black hair bias during interviews with Black women. Eye rolling is not the most extreme of outright black hair bias. Many Black women tell stories about employers asking them to cut their dreadlocks or trim their afros. Now, a new study confirms many people, including black ones, have a bias again the types and styles of natural hair worn by black people. The “Good Hair Study” Article by Karen Grigsby Bates ( NPR Correspondent – 2/6/17 ) The “Good Hair Study” was conducted by Perception Institute, which describes itself as “a consortium of researchers, advocates and strategists” that uses emotional and psychological research to identify … Read More

Diversity Prison Pipeline

Virginia ranked 5th in the nation for referring school discipline issues to local law enforcement, in 2015-2016,essentially functioning as a diversity prison pipeline. In that year over 70,000 children were suspended, with students of color being suspended 3.8 times more than Hispanic or white students. This, according to the Legal Aid Justice Center report, “Suspended Progress Report” updated late 2017. In a Washington Post article last week, an eighth-grader, Ryan Turk, was suspended, in 2016, for confusion regarding a $0.65 carton of milk. Ryan’s incident was referred to the local law enforcement and he was charged with a misdemeanor crime. Another incident on the ACLU website, Kyle Thompson, was suspended for 180 days for creating … Read More

Stopped by police

“Stopped by police” is article providing information only. This information is not intended as legal advice. Think carefully about words, movement, body language, and emotions. * Don’t get into argument with the police. Remember, anything you say or do can be used against you. *Keep your hands where the police can see them. If asked to provide documents such as license, registration, Id – move hands very, very slowly- avoid quick jerky actions which may cause your hands to move out of vision by the police *Think. The police officer may have already perceived you as a threat even though you know you are not. * Don’t run. Don’t touch … Read More

Stopped by Police – Part 2

This information is not intended as legal advice. 1: What you say when stopped by police is always important. What you say can be used against you, and it can give the police an excuse to arrest you or worst especially if you bad mouth a police office. 2: You must show your driver’s license and registration when stopped in a car. Otherwise, you don’t have to answer any questions if you are detained or arrested, one important exception. The police may ask for your name if you have been properly detained., and you can be arrested in some states for refusing to give it. If you reasonably fear that … Read More

Diversity Not Important to White Men

According to an article in the Guardian’s Small Business Network section, Diversity is NOT important to white men in power. Natalie Campbell wrote that the actions of white men are to maintain their positions of power and protect their interests. She cites that their comments about diversity and inclusion are simple pleasantries at best. There is proof in what Natalie is saying. For example, look at the FTSE 100 companies, only 7 firms have female CEOs. Where Does Inclusion Stand in Our Future? As we look at the leaders of today, they are overwhelmingly male and white. So why do our white counterparts feel like they are losing ground? Could it … Read More

Diversity – Law Schools

An article, Diversity – Law Schools, written by an anonymous professor at a top law school appeared recently online. The professor cited some excellent observations and opinions regarding diversity in law schools. I kept thinking much of the content could be applied to other industries. For example, diversity at Madison Ave ad agencies, the executive suites at Silicon Valley technology firms, the inclusion of people of color in movies and television… and I could go on and on. I would be remiss if I did not mention the noticeable increase of mixed racial couples and families appearing in television commercials. It’s uplifting to see more inclusion of multi-racial scenarios in … Read More

Diversity Inclusive Meetings

Convention bureaus across the U.S. are promoting their cities’ diversity inclusive meetings. The message acknowledges minorities, as a whole, are becoming the majority population in America. This action is also an attempt to separate themselves from the rise of alt-right nationalism. With the United States poised to become a minority-majority country by 2040, multicultural markets are no longer a niche outreach business target for convention & visitors bureaus. This is also helping build stronger networks and relationships among all ethnic groups within their communities. Diversity inclusive meetings helps deliver a more valuable event experience for all attendees. Tourism is Hiring Recruiting young people for tourism careers may indeed help in … Read More

Black Women At Work

Sexist and racial abuse of black women at work is more than a common occurrence. Some white people take delight in bullying black women at work without concern for being held accountable by their employer. You might say the statement, “some white people” is too encompassing. No. I don’t think so. Disrespecting and demeaning black women at work is common place in America.Young black girls suffer experience many of the same discrimination at school and at play. Bill O’Reilly – Fox News On Tuesday’s morning 3-28 episode of “Fox & Friends,” the network’s Bill O’Reilly mocked Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Ca.).Mr. O’Reilly said he was too distracted by her “James Brown” … Read More

Diversity in America

Nearly two-thirds of Americans (64%) say an increasing number of people from different races, ethnic groups and nationalities in the U.S. makes the country a better place to live. Fewer (29%) think growing diversity in America does not make much difference, and just 5% think it makes the country a worse place to live. This data is revealed in depth in a Pew Research Center dated 2-16-17. The report on diversity’s appeal is part of a more comprehensive research entitled “In first month, view of Trump are already strongly felt, deeply polarized”. Diversity’s Favorable Trend Attitudes toward increasing diversity in the U.S. The share that thinks growing diversity makes the … Read More