Popular media characters and plot lines do have an impact on how we construct our own identities. Here’s a thoughtful reflection of that on TV and in life:
“The upcoming 50th anniversary of the March on Washington should be a time for a research-driven conversation about racial inequality that asks tough questions not just about individual behavior but also about the collective stake we all have in transforming American social, political and economic institutions to include the poor blacks we dismiss as being personally unworthy of full citizenship and culpable in their own miserable fate.”
- The Persistent Geography of Disadvantage (theatlanticcities.com)
- The reproduction of racial inequality by higher ed (diversityliteracy.net)
- Obama says income inequality could worsen racial tensions (thegrio.com)
- Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism in Post-Racial America (acslaw.org)
- Congress Commemorates the 1963 March on Washington (bet.com)
Gender diversity is linked with corporations’ success:
As I post this, closing arguments are underway in the George Zimmerman trial, a case that is wrapped in issues of identity, stereotyping, perceptions, justice, and race. As we examine Trayvon’s death and George’s trial (and all the related media and framing), this piece, written shortly after Trayvon’s death by my friend Andy Johnson, provides an opportunity for reflection.
The British Council recently released a study on the value of intercultural skills in the workplace! I use studies like this at the start (and often end) of my class to get students interested in why they should care about and study intercultural communication.
Ever have a hard time telling someone that they said something racist? Great advice in this video!