The thing about diversity work is that it’s almost completely an uphill battle. The people in power don’t want to give it up. The people without power don’t know how to make them, and everyone in both camps is tired of dealing with the entire issue. So, I say we all take an emotional rest. … Continue reading Will Write for Freedom
Hollywood might be one of the most action-packed industries out today when it comes to diversity, with the possible exception of sports, pun intended. With the recent and continuing Academy drama over the upcoming Oscars and its dearth of nominations of color, the critical commentary on the gender wage gap and various well-known faces lending … Continue reading Meryl Streep Is Not the Enemy
You may not have heard of this company called Slack — it produces a messaging app for teams — but I think you should check it out. It’s not a big company, though it’s growing fast, but it has created some serious diversity traction in a relatively short period of time. Even better, its approach … Continue reading Slack Not So Lazy When It Comes to Diversity
As an editor, I see mistakes everywhere — forgotten prepositions, misplaced plurals, unfortunate word choices that pervert contextual meaning in a way that is not advantageous to the writer. And as an editor who covers diversity, I make a lot of connections. For instance, I tweeted out an article this week examining the difference between stress … Continue reading Inclusion: The Fountain of Youth
So, earlier this week actress and Fox News Contributor Stacey Dash said in an interview that we should not have Black History Month or award shows that only feature black actors. She was responding to questions after several prominent, black Hollywood names publicly declared their intention to boycott the Oscars because for the second year … Continue reading Stacey Dash, Please Stop
I’ve been obsessed by one question lately. And it was brought home to me in stereo just last week when the New York Police Department stripped Sgt. Kizzy Adonis of her badge in connection with Eric Garner’s July 2014 death. It was just so ridiculous. She had nothing to do with it. Like, literally, she … Continue reading Black or Female, Which is Worse?
So I was talking to Dr. Shirley Davis, former head of diversity at Society for Human Resource Management, recently about this and that, and she mentioned the new head of diversity at Twitter was a white man. I’d heard of the appointment as we rang in the New Year, and my immediate reaction was, really? … Continue reading Can a White Man Lead Diversity?
Ordinarily I’d have plucked something from the news – like the horrible but not unexpected exoneration of the police officer who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice – to write about this week. But like many of you, as the New Year approaches I’m contemplating life and work in 2016. Of course, one cannot do this effectively … Continue reading Is Ignorance Bliss?
Those of you who work in diversity or higher education are likely familiar with Fisher v. University of Texas, a case that set what many have called a landmark precedent for affirmative action in college admissions. The gist of the case is if higher education institutions should have programs aimed at building racial diversity on campus? … Continue reading Justice Scalia and the Myth of the Black Brain