Essential Reads

Afraid of Dark: Film Explores Stereotypes About Black Men

Film examines racial stereotypes, and societal fears, about black masculinity.

Gay Marriage, Racism, and Obamacare: The Challenge of Caring

Empathy is largely wired in, but common humanity and openness is not

A 20-Second Experiment in Racial Stereotypes

Stereotypes work in the absence of data. Recognizing that is the first step.

Can We Choose Our Identity?

Confusing social messages around identity, race, gender and sex

Recent Posts on Race and Ethnicity

The Confederate Flag: Heritage or Hate?

Do Confederate soldiers deserve monuments, flags, glory, and honor? Or is it time to dismantle Confederate monuments and remove the flag from the public arena?

How to Win the Innovation Race

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on July 06, 2015 in Innovation You
You don't want to run the whole innovation relay only to find that you dropped the baton somewhere along the way. Practice, polish, and perfect those hand-offs.

White Supremacy and Dream Weddings

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on July 02, 2015 in Love, Inc
Dylan Roof's sister is upset because she couldn't have her PERFECT wedding in the wake of her brother's racially motivated murders of nine innocent people. We could read this as another sign that the Roof family is crazy, but in fact Amber's selfishness is part of the ideology of romance.

What Is Wrong With Dichotomous Thinking

It is said that there are two kinds of people, those who think there are two kinds of people and those who don't. Please discuss.

Afraid of Dark: Film Explores Stereotypes About Black Men

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D. on June 30, 2015 in Intersections
"Afraid of Dark" documentary begins a conversation about the stereotypes African American males face on a daily basis.

Managing ADHD During the Summer

ADHD is a neurological disorder that causes difficulties in many aspects of children’s lives. Often when school is out during the summer, many parents consider taking their child off medications. Here are some tips to help decrease behavior problems.

Gay Marriage, Racism, and Obamacare: The Challenge of Caring

The gay marriage struggle, modern racism, and the disregard for the poor shown in the opposition to Obamacare all have a common root. We are wired for empathy, but not for a sense of common humanity and emotional openness. The challenge is not that we do not care: it is that we do.

The Healing Power of Forgiveness

The families of slain church members teach us a lesson in forgiveness.

What the Charleston Massacre Does Not Tell Us About Racism

It is too convenient to allow events such as the AME shooting to represent what racism looks like.

A 20-Second Experiment in Racial Stereotypes

A 20-second demonstration of where stereotypes come from. Knowledge is power.

Falling in Love With a Culture and a Language, Part 2

People who fall in love with a new culture and language are always fascinating. Here we follow Jimmy Davis, an American songwriter and composer, best known for his song "Lover Man", who first went to France during World War II as a soldier and who finally settled there for good.

How Many Victims to Come, How Many Himizu's to Surface?

By Jay Richards Ph.D. on June 24, 2015 in The Violent Mind
Exploring the racism, psychopathy, and schizophrenia of Dylann Roof from a clinical psychology perspective.

Can We Choose Our Identity?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in Women Who Stray
Caitlyn Jenner, Rachel Dolezal, Barrack Obama. The news today is filled with a debate about how much choice and control we truly have, over defining who and what we are.

We Are All Emanuel A.M.E. Church!

Proclaim "We Are All Emanuel A.M.E. Church!" in solidarity with the massive, needed struggle against racism

Selma and I Turn 50: Thoughts & Feelings About Charleston SC

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D. on June 22, 2015 in Intersections
Yes, black lives matter, but your mileage may vary.

Is the Rachel Dolezal Controversy Much Ado About Nothing?

In lieu of the Dolezal controversy, can we have an informative dialogue about racial identity in America?

Tikkun Olam

By Robert J Landy Ph.D. on June 22, 2015 in Couch and Stage
In response to a previous blog of a very troubling dream about my attempt to sew together the head and body of two decapitated figures, my friend describes a transformational journey to Vienna where he is transfixed by the Rubens painting of Mary removing a thorn from the head of Jesus and discovers the meaning of Tikkun Olam, repairing of the world.

When Racism Motivates Violence

By Joe Pierre M.D. on June 22, 2015 in Psych Unseen
Looking at implicit biases about race to understand violence and violence prevention.

Ignorance About Race Is Killing Us

If we don’t seriously engage the problem underlying Race in the USA, more people will die and many more will continue to suffer

The Relational Neuroscience of "Well Meaning White People"

By Amy Banks on June 21, 2015 in Wired For Love
How do “well-meaning white people” escape the pain of oppression and violence? There are so many ways – we can distract ourselves with a trip to the mall or a few hours of on-line shopping. Ding – the dopamine reward system is activated and we feel lighter, better and even safer.

3 Reactions to the Massacre That May Serve the Terrorist

The long term answer to racism will be to decrease the prevalence of situations where race matters, but the conundrum is that while racism exists, efforts to decrease this prevalence are usually efforts by the privileged to draw attention away from their privilege.

Race, Violence, and Illusory Correlations

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on June 20, 2015 in Mental Mishaps
A young man walks into a church. He shoots and kills 9 people in a prayer meeting. Why? How do you explain such a horrific action?

Charleston: 8 Questions About Race and Guns for Republicans

By Stanton Peele on June 19, 2015 in Addiction in Society
Can we try to get beyond the meaningless banalities uttered by politicians following the Charleston mass murder, with a gun, by a probable racist?

Dylann Roof Is White Like Me

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on June 19, 2015 in Social Studies
Dylann Roof is a terrorist. But his terrorism was committed in the name of white supremacy and cannot be excised from white culture, white history, white politics and white money. In other words, Dylann Roof is white like me.

Charleston Shooting: We're All In This Together

When I felt sad or anxious or angry, I wanted those around me to keep me company for a while, to meet me where I was, to let me know that they were impacted by my experience.

No Tile Left Behind

So although America should be a beautiful mosaic, it is not. Far too many of America’s tiles are missing, mislaid, left behind, disenfranchised, excluded, subjugated, abused, broken, and oppressed. Instead, America’s mosaic is an ugly, incomplete piece of art in need of skilled artisans to repair and complete her.

Can a White Person Become Black?

People all over the nation were shocked to learn about the curious case of Rachel Dolezal, former head of the NAACP chapter in Spokane who self-identifies as a Black woman, even though her biological parents are White. What is the psychology behind race switching and our reaction to it?

Does Black Irish Count as "Black?"

By Christopher Ryan on June 17, 2015 in Civilized to Death
Any conversation about race has to begin with the fact that nobody really knows what "race" means.

Does Dolezal Get to Choose?

Your race is socially constructed in a given situation by other people, not by you.

The Mattering Map

Gender has to be seen in its fullest personal and cultural contexts to be understand and enacted. A new and exciting tool called The Mattering Map makes all this visible wordlessly. On these maps, we can see gender not as a static quality, but as a continuously morphing and changing set of meanings that interact dynamically with every other human experience.