racism

Among the many not so funny April Fools “news” stories circulating in Milwaukee today, two were especially telling. One said that the Mitchell Park Conservatory, something of a landmark that has been closed due to four hundred million dollars of deferred maintenance being needed, would be rebuilt with Lego blocks. It’s supposed to be funny,…

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It’s funny how we see racism in others but not in ourselves. Last night I listened to a woman who self-identified as being from an historically oppressed ethnicity recite a litany of people who don’t like “us.” She said, “The Asians don’t like us, the Mexicans don’t like us, the Arabs don’t like us, the…

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According to current neurobiological research at Stanford University, among other places, our ability to feel compassion for the other is dramatically reduced when we perceive the other as a member of an out group, in other words as inherently different from us. This is an evolutionary development that goes back to the time when humans…

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Tribalism, which can be defined as “the behavior and attitudes that stem from strong loyalty to one’s own tribe or social group,” is an ongoing problem in our society – and I am beginning to think it is more deeply rooted than I had imagined. Of course, there are the obvious and blatant examples of…

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The very language of race is outdated and counterproductive. The truth is that when we speak about different races we are really speaking about different ethnicities, and I believe speaking about other human beings as if they were of a different race in fact makes it easier for racism to develop and flourish. After all,…

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When I worked in mental health we used to talk about people “looking for an edge to catch on.” It meant people who were upset or otherwise agitated and holding it together for the moment but who, given what might pass for a reason, would rapidly escalate and perhaps even become violent. The secret to keeping everyone safe…

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By now you have heard the latest from Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman, but before we get to that let’s have a brief review of the record. Glenn Grothman is the Republican State Senator from West Bend, Wisconsin – not exactly a hotbed of intellectual acumen, but rather a community that may have more redneck,…

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