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On Social Media, As In Life, White People Are Way Less Likely To Talk About Race

Gene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch reports on “New data from the Pew Research Center [that] strongly suggests that . . . white people really are much less likely to talk about racial issues on social media.”  He quotes Monica Anderson, the lead researcher on the Pew Study, [who] “pointed to other surveys showing similar gaps in conversations about race in real-life settings. White people say they are also less likely to discuss issues of race offline.”

Talking about race will be the focus of the September Continuing Conversations on Race, which will be held on Tuesday, September 6, because of the Labor Day holiday.

Why Subtle Bias Is So Often Worse than Blatant Discrimination

In their Harvard Business Review article, Eden King and Kristen Jones outline the damaging effects of subtle bias or microaggressions in the workplace and suggests ways of addressing them.

Celebrating The Invisible Cryptologists

Published originally for Black History Month, this article by Gina Vargas describes the African-American experience at Arlington Hall Station (AHS), the predecessor to the National Security Agency.  She draws her information from the book The Invisible Cryptologists: African-Americans, WWII to 1956 by Jeannette Williams.

America’s wealth gap is split along racial lines — and it’s getting dangerously wider

Alvin Chang summarizes the report “The Ever-Growing Gap” from the Institute for Policy Studies that documents the racial aspects of the wealth differential in the United States.  “[I]t’s impossible to untangle wealth disparities from race, because America has had systemically racist policies that widened this gap between white and black, and thus between rich and poor.”

Acknowledging My Own Diversity Fatigue

Juliette Austin, Diversity Strategist and Professional Development Coach, describes the negative impact microaggressions have on people of color, who experience them on a regular if not daily basis. “It’s important to understand, these macro and micro aggressions are not directed to some abstract entity. They are directed – whether intentionally or not, to a human being whose identity is being directly impacted. Fatigue is a cumulative reaction, where not one incident is to blame but a culmination of experiences. Death by a thousand papercuts!”


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