How Race, Language, and Social Justice Intersect

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The Dual Language Lottery System and The Myth of Meritocracy and Fairness

During the last few months, we have been focused on the different types of microaggressions.  We have talked about treating Asian Americans as aliens in their own land and the harm of denying one’s own biases.  But perhaps a quieter, more pernicious microaggression that exists within our Dual Education world is the myth of meritocracy […]

Are Your Meeting Norms Antiracist – Why Assuming Positive Intent is an Outdated Norm

Assume Positive Intent. How often have you seen this norm used at meetings you have attended?  Indra Nooyi, the CEO of Pepsi, made this norm popular, stating that it was the most important lesson she learned from her father.  And at the surface, it seems like a perfectly healthy norm.  Assuming positive intent ostensibly creates […]

Civil Rights and Asian Americans

Often times, when people think of minorities, Asian Americans are left off the list due to the model minority myth.  The model minority myth suggests that Asian Americans, due to their own efforts, have been able to overcome barriers as immigrants due to their bootstrapping efforts and hard work.  Therefore, they have become inordinately successful.  […]

Teaching About Spring Holidays

The birds are chirping. The weather is getting warmer.  Spring is here, signaling the arrival of the many holidays that take place this time of year.  However, while “Winter Holidays” are often taught at schools in an effort to “multiculturally” celebrate Christmas, the festivities our students engage in during the Spring are often ignored even […]

The Fatal Consequences of Microaggressions

For most of human history, we have had no words to describe the seemingly small statements and actions that indirectly and subtly insult people based on race or other aspects of identity.  During the 1970s, Dr. Chester M. Pierce proposed the term microaggression to describe these statements and actions, but the concept failed to spread. […]

Denial Of One’s Own Bias – Why It’s Another Microaggression

My latest posts have delved into the different types of micro aggressions.  One of the most pernicious and yet most common microaggressions is the denial of one’s own biases.  The denial of one’s own biases is often committed among those who at least consciously stand against racism.  The accusation of racism often is a threat […]

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