It's not new concepts that prejudice (pre-judging) is learned (sometimes taught) and that unconscious bias is insidious. Here is a stellar example of both (and the impact on my 3 year old) that made me particularly furious. Recently I was watching an episode of My Little Pony with my daughter. It's … [Continue reading] Prejudice is Taught Early
Yesterday I was in a downtown Toronto office. As soon as the elevator doors opened onto the 7th floor I could already see the Christmas decorations. The person I was meeting with is Jewish. So I asked him as we looked at the Christmas tree, where the Menorah was. He looked a bit uncomfortable for … [Continue reading] Happy Holidays?
In the aftermath of Paris (and Beirut) - any tragic event - many of us ask ourselves what we can do. These situations are so big and so overwhelming that we often also think big - and get overwhelmed. But change can happen in small and meaningful ways. Here are a few things we can all do every day … [Continue reading] What can we do?
An update on the story about the lesbian couple in Utah who were to have their foster child taken away because they are gay: The ruling has been rescinded. Hooray! I'm happy that public pressure and criticism caused a change of ruling. The judge crossed out "belief" that children in same-sex (same … [Continue reading] Happy Endings when we Challenge Bias
If you google "violence around the world on Friday November 13" you will see pages and pages of links on the attacks in Paris. I stopped at 9. But Paris wasn't the only place people were killed on Friday - Beirut, for example, also had a deadly attack. Why didn't we hear as much about … [Continue reading] The violence we see isn’t the only violence there is
There are many things I could write about under this title, but today, I'm going to highlight a decision by a judge in Utah to remove a foster child from a home just because the couple caring for her are lesbians. This is a perfect example of bias - one person's perspective, based on how they see … [Continue reading] Bias and Power