Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Parenting and systemic racism - How are children socialized?

Too few parents and teachers are talking about race, gender and other identity traits with children often enough, which means they are missing out on critical opportunities to teach children to become tolerant of differences from an early age. That’s one of the main findings of a new report by Sesame Workshop, which surveyed 6,070 parents of children ages 3 to 12 and 1,046 teachers from preschool to fifth grade. Experts say this trend can have serious implications, because when adults don’t talk to kids about these topics, kids learn that identity is a taboo topic. They may also start to believe the stereotypes and biases they’re presented with in everyday life.
“Young kids do notice skin tone, they do notice race groups,” said Christia Spears Brown, a professor and associate chair of development and social psychology at the University of Kentucky, who has researched and written about identity development. “We also live in a segregated society…We know kids notice that and if parents don’t help them have an explanation that navigates the bias, kids will just absorb it as its just real meaningful difference.”
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Poverty in Fingler Lakes region of New York State decreases life expectancy by 8 years

Poverty wipes an average of 8 years off the life expectancy of people in high-poverty neighborhoods compared to those with low rates of poverty, Common Ground Health found.
Neighborhoods can trap people in poverty and harm their health. Many lack grocery stores and dependable bus service. People don’t have money or time to afford quality medical care. Mental health suffers, as well
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Poverty in the Finger Lakes region is most heavily present among minority groups and there is plenty of data we will be presenting in the future about health disparities among racial groups. These health disparities can be understood in terms of systemic factors.


Monday, November 18, 2019

Fair and equal are not the same thing are they?

Fair and equal are not the same thing.

Think about it.

Not everyone is starting from the same place with the same resources so how can equal treatment be fair?

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

The real truth about Thanksgiving

 Americans have a hard time with the truth.

They prefer their myths which present them in a more positive light repressing their darker side.

Without acknowledging their darker side they cannot effectively manage it and are doomed to repeat their racism, xenophobia, and white nationalism which we observe in our current time of Trumpism as the rise of  Nationalism with such inane memes as Make America Great Again. Really? Have we learned nothing from the sins of our past?

Systemic racism is alive and well in our current day and age especially in regards to our treatment of Native Americans and people of African heritage whom we enslaved.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Small decisions in negotiating systems add up.

This comes from Harvard Business News tip of the day on 11/15/19. It applies to far more than just  business.

Want to Create an Equitable Workplace? It’s the Small Decisions That Add Up
When it comes to eliminating workplace discrimination, we often focus on the big decisions — who gets promoted or who gets the biggest bonus — while overlooking the smaller ones. To create an equitable workplace, identify moments that you might not have thought of as decision points. Work backwards from pay, promotion, and performance criteria. What skills, knowledge, and experience do employees need? Then assess whether all employees have equal access. Pay attention to career paths, especially those roles where early judgments about performance determine access to future opportunities. Also, help employees take charge of their careers. Sometimes, disparities arise — or are exacerbated — because employees don’t know which opportunities are important. For example, a new investment banker who is a first-generation college graduate will need more guidance than someone whose parents were bankers. Don’t expect employees to figure it out on their own, advise them on what specifically they’ll need to accomplish in five or ten years.
This tip is adapted from 10 Ways to Mitigate Bias in Your Company’s Decision Making,” by Elizabeth C. Tippett

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Do talk about racial differences with your young children.

Systemic racism starts with the socialization of children. Adults don't want to face up to what is happening right before their eyes. The adults anxiety and discomfort lead to a shutting down about racial and class differences and so as kids grow up in their families there is an elephant in the living room.

The rule should be "Do talk about it," instead of Don't talk about it."

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