Mandela's death should remind us that racism exists outside of institutions and seeps into our daily lives. Apartheid no longer stands as a law and yet it lives in so many people's minds. We have to pick up the fight from where Mandela left off.
When we use a broad brush to tag some neighborhoods "bad," we're not doing justice to the people who actually live in them. What's more, we let ourselves off the hook, dismissing "bad" areas as places to avoid, not to engage. We rob ourselves of the chance to learn what's really happening in any given place.
"Teachers perceived [middle-class students] as precocious and outgoing," Calarco said, but also viewed them as somewhat frustrating
My friends' and families' languages helped shape my identity and understanding of the world and are just as valuable as my academic discourse. But one language no longer commands power over the others. They are all intrinsically a part of me.
Because of all this conditioning that society and our social groups put upon us to be labeled, we begin to come up with our own labels for who we are and what we believe. Do you feel it's right for people to label one another, and are we really the sum of our labels?
But you pay it out of sight, and out of mind. Chapo, the man who is so brutally violent that he makes John Gotti or Al Capone
Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida is breathtakingly beautiful. The sweep of earth-toned buildings many of which are inspired by the domes and arches of classic Spanish architecture, contrasts stunningly with the curve of the Tampa Bay waterfront.
Rachel Sherman's new book, Class Acts: Service and Inequality in Luxury Hotels observes that workers and guests often minimize class differences between them, even by enacting relationships strongly structured by their relative privilege.
This revelation sparked a sea change in my thinking and caused me to completely recalibrate my understanding of the world's pecking order. All of a sudden the playing field was level and I felt that I had a right to be in the game if I had faith in myself -- regardless of my roots.
As a young gay male looking for LGBT success stories in the media, I have to wonder if the success of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge is really a victory for a collective "us." My fear is that the media will exploit their story as something more representative of LGBT issues than it really is.