This interesting article looks at the language we use about history — especially that of the Civil War (or should it be called War of Rebellion):
While there are some universally recognizable facial expressions, different cultures have different rules for displaying them. This article looks at why Americans smile more than people from other countries.
This is part of a series on inequality and opportunity in America, from the Guardian Newspaper.
Here is one young man’s experience of living in Senegal:
Did you see the interview with the Korea expert, from his home office, where his children come into the room? Who did you think the woman was who frantically pulled them out?
“Mere words won’t change the way that some people — the less-visible members of political constituencies — must continue to wait for leaders, decision-makers and others to see their struggles. In the context of addressing the racial disparities that still plague our nation, activists and stakeholders must raise awareness about the intersectional dimensions of racial injustice that must be addressed to enhance the lives of all youths of color.”
How do we talk about different parts of the world and how does that reflect our bias? In this article, Sarika Bansal talks about the cliches, double standards, and loaded terms (and images) that are unfortunately quite common.
“When she was in fifth grade, Regina Mason received a school assignment that would change her life: to connect with her country of origin. That night, she went home and asked her mother where they were from.
“She told me about her grandfather who was a former slave,” Mason tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “And that blew me away, because I’m thinking, ‘Slavery was like biblical times. It wasn’t just a few generations removed.’ ”