01Jun/13
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How to Break the Cycle of Racism

The results of racism are everywhere: unemployment, police brutality, inadequate education, unacceptable housing – the list goes on. While the work to treat these symptoms of racism must continue, it is also essential to look at the causes of racism and take action to remove them.

Whether you’re working within a community organization or have made a commitment to do anti-racism work on your own, you need to define the terms:

Prejudice: an emotional commitment to ignorance

Power: control over economic and social institutions

Racism: race prejudice plus power

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12Feb/11

Little words make a BIG difference

words matter

As children many of us hyped the statement, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Clearly, it doesn’t take long to realize that words have far more weight than we want to realize. They influence thoughts, feelings, actions and states of mind. Even little words often have big meaning.

17Jan/11

Are You Asleep?

are you fully awake and aware?

People are often accused of being asleep. This assertion is made by people who believe that they are awake. Is this just a metaphor used to launch a pejorative statement, or is there something to it? LoversandThinkers ponders upon a dream…

14Jul/10

Practical Lessons in Etiquette

Practical Lessons in Etiquette

There’s no disputing the hardline Commonwealth history of etiquette. Its basic principles, however, don’t necessarily reek purely of waspishness, but rather serve as evidence of a nice, kind and considerate person. I know that sounds a little too soft and cushy for some of my fellow citizens, but as long as you’re not being gagged with loveliness, wouldn’t you prefer someone to be polite?