Posts Tagged:Stereotypes

TED Talk: Chris Abani “Telling Stories from Africa”

In this talk, Nigerian novelist and poet Chris Abani explains that much of what we know about who we think we are comes from stories. “The question is, how do I balance narratives that are wonderful with narratives of wounds and self-loathing? And this is the difficulty that I face. I am trying to move beyond…

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Truths You Won’t Believe Series: Statistics About Black Women in College

More black women than ever before are enrolling in 2-year colleges or 4-year universities. However, because of negative images of some African-American women being posted to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, society has developed a preconceived notion that young black women lack ambition and goals. People need to know that this is a misnomer, especially when examining statistics about black…

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A Black Community Question: Where are All the Black Teachers?

Ask yourself this question: How many black teachers did you have while you were in grades K-12?  Think about when you were in college? Chances are, if you had more than 3 black teachers during your entire academic career, you were truly blessed, regardless of if you went to school in an urban or suburban setting.…...

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Dr. Tyra Seldon: Why are Images of Africa so One Dimensional? (Video)

By Tyra Seldon Waiting for a movie to start, the preview for the upcoming Tarzan movie flashed across the screen. I thought, Here we go again, as images of scantily clad “Africans” appeared. Out of fairness, at the time that I am writing this, the movie is not out yet. However, based on the preview…

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The Racial Divide At Medical Schools

By Giovanni Zaburoni Race permeates every facet of life in America. From a young age, people are taught to see the world through a racial lens, either through subtle covert actions or overt actions and words, and those experiences continue throughout adulthood, regardless of their chosen profession. It becomes dangerous when learned stereotypes are taught…

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When Adults Just Can’t Get Along: Educating Children About the 2016 Election

By Angela Wills The Teaching Tolerance report, “The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Our Nation’s Schools” reveals that almost 40 percent of the 2,000 teachers who responded to the survey are reluctant to instruct on issues regarding the election. While some teachers voice concerns for students who fear being ostracized or possibly…

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One Scholar’s Examination of Teaching in an Urban Environment

By Angela Wills A new book written by Chris Emdin, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too, takes a look at teaching methods that are utilized in urban educational settings. Emdin discovers through both personal experiences as a student and later as a teacher that pre-judging youth and, in…

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Muslim Student Says Texas Teacher Called Him A Terrorist In Class

By Giovanni Zaburoni School is supposed to be a safe space for children, but for one student in Sugar Land, Texas, an ugly and racist run in with an English and Language Arts teacher may affect him for the rest of his life. Waleed Abushaaban is a 12-year-old honor student at First Colony Middle. According…

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Why are the Black Girls “Ghetto” and the Black Boys “Cool” ?

Recent findings from the American Psychological Association’s Sociology of Education journal indicate that gender is a determinant of a person’s social integration. A professor at the University of Buffalo, Dr. Megan M. Holland, examined the social implication of desegregation programs on minority students in White-dominated schools in a Boston suburb. The findings indicated that Black…

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