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Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life

May 1, 2007
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Author: Derald Wing Sue Through personal narrative and social psychological research, Derald Wing Sue examines the subtle biases that communicate hostile and derogatory insults toward people of color on a daily basis. Sue categorizes some common forms of microaggressions and uses the White counselor-client of color dyad to illustrate how they impair the development of…

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The Spirit of My Father

Jul 17, 2006
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Author: Josephine “Jo” Bowens Lewis, PsyD I’m often aware of my father’s presence in the context of working with people. He had a capacity to articulate meaning in words. He certainly was verbose, yet when he spoke, he had something to say. As a minister, he had a gift of speaking to people according to…

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The Role of Feelings in the Workplace

Apr 1, 2005
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Author: Felipe Garcia With the changing landscape of the global economy, this article by VISIONS consultant Felipe Garcia examines the need for more effective cross-cultural communication in the workplace. A part of this communication system, Garcia argues, is to become more understanding of the ways that our feelings are internal indicators of need or want…

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Fear of a Brown Planet

Jun 11, 2004
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Author: Roberto Lovato In “Fear of a Brown Planet”, Roberto Lovato traces the emergence of a “politics of white fear” rooted in California and spreading across the country. This movement represents an attempt to “redefine who is racial victim and who is racial oppressor, neatly inverting—and co-opting—the arguments and terms of the civil rights movement.”…

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White Privilege, Color and Crime: A Personal Account

Jan 1, 2000
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Author: Peggy McIntosh In another classic article from Peggy McIntosh, white privilege is recognized and unpacked as it relates to crime, courts and the law. McIntosh points out how color seems to affect whether a person is viewed as criminal and the importance of learning to see privilege as such by broadening racial and social…

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Understanding the Role of White Male Leadership in Diversity

May 5, 1998
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Author: Cooper Thompson, M.S. In this article, Cooper Thompson examines white male denial about oppression and some of the barriers to change around diversity work experienced by white males. Through the presentation, he makes suggestions for overcoming these barriers and recognizing privilege that include finding ways to embrace—with head and heart—their role in changing cultural…

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Toward a Multicultural Organization

Jan 1, 1979
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Authors: Jarrow Merenivitch and Dan Reigle Jarrow Merenivitch and Dan Reigle trace the historical development of organizational inclusions attempts from segregation to Affirmative Action to multiculturalism and outline phases of organizational development around this issue through “Toward a Multicultural Organization”. This article outlines principles for designing multicultural organizations and emphasizes the need to move from…

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