An Open Letter to Half Price Books – Please Stop Segregating History

Dear Half Price Books (and other book stores), I have been visiting your stores occasionally for as long as I can remember. (I especially love the really big store in Austin that is in an old grocery store!) I frequently find interesting books and some good deals in the process. My students regularly comment theyContinue reading “An Open Letter to Half Price Books – Please Stop Segregating History”

A Close Encounter with Racism, 2014 edition

Tonight while having dinner at a local restaurant, I noticed a middle-aged Black man walk in. They didn’t have a host or hostess, so it was presumably (as different people seated those who came in) everyone’s responsibility to watch the door. After several minutes, no one had come to help him, so he walked aroundContinue reading “A Close Encounter with Racism, 2014 edition”

Stereotypes, Divisions, and Humans

Humans are programmed to stereotype and discriminate. Stereotypes consist of any preconceived idea.  We are evolutionary beings. We resist learning and change, and we embrace opportunities that and others who reinforce our core identities. These differences divide us along racialized, sexualized, classized, geographicalized, genderized lines, and other variables. These divisions are natural; however, they canContinue reading “Stereotypes, Divisions, and Humans”

(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race: A Review and Reflection

Yaba Blay’s (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race (2014) is a beautiful, first-hand look at the true complexities surrounding the ways in which societies and peoples racialize one another and the ways in which these are institutionalized. Due to an ambiguous and vastly tangled web of psychological, historical, and countless other reasons, everyday lifeContinue reading “(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race: A Review and Reflection”