Finding a Historical Context for Tolerance Submitted by Jill Silos-Rooney, Southern Poverty Law Center

“The reality for educators is that our students need our help in becoming more tolerant or open-minded. My students in this class saw anti-Semitism within a much larger history of human intolerance and, hopefully, will take that knowledge and perspective into their futures.”

The SPLC does a lot of important work in both legal challenges and education. While the focus on tolerance is sometimes criticized (we need more than just tolerance of other perspectives… respect, for example), this is a great example of how an instructor can link historical topics related to intolerance, racism, and genocide.

“Reflections on Being a Third Culture Kid (TCK)” by Lisa Zenno

This post was written by my former student, Lisa Zenno. She describes her experience living in many countries as she grew up and how this influences her today!

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“Just Because He Breathes: Learning to Truly Love Our Gay Son” by Linda Robertson

This story of a mother and a son describes the difficult path for conservative Christians with Gay family members and what this mother wishes she had done differently.

Race in the US – LeVar Burton explains his ritual to prevent being shot by police

LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow) and Tim Wise describe how different their experiences have been in interactions with police based on race.

No, we are not a post-racial country…

“Like a malignancy, it had crept in when I least expected it — this repugnant, infectious bigotry we have become so accustomed to. “White privilege” was on display, palpable to passersby who consoled me. I’ve come to expect this repulsive racism in many aspects of my life, but when I find it entrenched in these smaller encounters is when salt is sprinkled deep into the wounds. In these crystallizing moments it is clear that while I might see myself as just another all-American gal who has great affection for this country, others see me as something less than human, more now than ever before.”