Civil Rights and Racism
- By Grade - 11: Equity and Poverty (North Vancouver School District)
"Just as our standards of living vary enormously within Canada, there are huge differences in average standards of living between countries. Inequality between nations is the product of numerous factors. It is generated by economic, political and social forces that may be changeable, or in other cases may not."
"Analysts have found it convenient to categorize nations, labeling them according to categories. While these designations are arbitrary, they are used regularly in the media, so it is important to understand them." 11-09
- "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Focus Shifts to Congress (CNN News)
"A federal court in California has ruled that the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy -- which bars gay men and lesbians from serving openly -- is unconstitutional, shifting the focus on the controversial rule to Congress." 09-10
- "Standard American" Dialect for Improving Job Success (PBS.org)
"The thinking behind My True Voice was straightforward: teach a Standard American dialect to underserved children and increase their chances for future success in the working world." 3-05
- -How to Talk to Children About Different Religions (Time.com)
"Some parents, McCarthy says, may be reluctant to expose kids to other religions, out of concern that they might be drawn away from their own. But thatís not what McCarthy has seen in her years of interfaith work. 'The more common pattern,' she says, is that an 'encounter with other religious traditions is a mirror that invites us to think about our own in deeper ways.' " 09-15
- -Study: How Stereotypes Defeat the Stereotyped (Time.com)
"The power of stereotype is so strong that it can overwhelm many of our other traits, which means that what you learned in kindergarten is true: you're only as good as you expect to be."
"But the good news is that you can flip this particular psychological coin on its opposite side: recent research has found that positive stereotype reinforcement may be just as powerful as any negative threat." 05-09
- Editorial: The Limits of Tolerance (New York Times)
"For us, gender equality is a fundamental value. But we also profess tolerance for other peopleís culture and religion. Which principle should prevail? Should we respond to these developments with tolerance?"
"We should not. Tolerance ends where harm begins." 04-09
- Editorial: The Merit of Diversity (CNN News)
"More than 20 years ago, I got into an argument with a college roommate over affirmative action -- one I've thought about since President-elect Barack Obama began nominating people to serve in the Cabinet and White House staff." 11-08
- Language Prejudice (PBS.org)
"We often make snap decisions about character and intelligence based on our language biases. Decisions that can at times have devasting consequences." 3-05
- Myth: Women Talk Too Much (PBS.org)
"Social context and relative power determine who talks more, men or women. Janet Holmes sets the record straight and establishes the reasons for the lingering myth of female chattiness." 3-05
- Testing for Hidden Racial Bias (MSNBC News)
"While Don Imus has apologized for his racial slurs, he insists heís not a racist. But is it possible that virtually all of us have a hidden racial bias, hidden even from ourselves? Several years ago Dateline brought together two groups of volunteers, African-American and white, who agreed to take a test, scientifically designed to answer just that question." 04-07