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Let Go of Perfect and Wear the Safety Pins Already

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A week has passed since the election, and there’s been lively debate among progressives about whether or not to wear safety pins.  Initiated by an American living in the UK, the safety pin spread there as a protest against the BREXIT vote and the xenophobia it represented.  On this side […]

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“No labels” is Part of the Problem

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American rapper and activist Prince Ea’s spoken-word piece “I Am NOT Black, You Are NOT White” is a gorgeous work of art with a powerful message: We are not our labels. We are not the terms that society assigns us. Who we truly are is deeper than how we look. […]

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Facing Fear and Anger: Are You the Bad Guy?

It happened while I was watching “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on opening night. As Kylo Ren stood before his First Order troops at the Starkiller Base in Nazi black, white and red, I was filled with dread about what these bad guys were up to and what that meant […]

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Breaking Binaries: How to Partner Better with Allies

Last month, I wrote about why allyship is essential to advance the common good and creation of a world that works better for everyone. I described how allyship has been key to progress and social movements and how all of us can, and should be, allies to movements we (as […]

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Breaking Binaries: How to Be a Better Ally

In my last blog, I wrote about why allyship is essential to advance the common good and create a world that works better for everyone. I described how allyship has been key to progress and social movements, and how all of us can, and should be, allies to movements we as […]

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Breaking Binaries: Why Allyship Is Essential

It was three days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage. A transgender friend posted on Facebook: “WTF is with all y’all straight and cis folks making rainbow and trans flag profile pics? Don’t you already have everything else?” As a straight ally sporting my own celebratory profile […]

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Rachel Dolezal’s Transracial Deception: It’s Personal

For the last week, I’ve been unwillingly fixated on the Rachel Dolezal story. More people than normal have been asking my opinion and struggling with confusion. I’ve been struggling myself with writing this piece for days. Why? It’s personal. I could have been Rachel Dolezal. I am transcultural. Like Dolezal, […]

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Why Raven-Symoné’s Label Rejection Isn’t a Sign of Progress

Much has been made of actress Raven-Symoné’s recent comments to Oprah about her identity. In an interview initiated by her public coming out in a tweet grateful for the U.S. Supreme Court’s support of same sex marriage, she said that while she is in a relationship with a woman, she […]

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Avoid this Disempowering Mistake of “Empowerment”

Susana Rinderle

Often in the diversity and inclusiveness sphere, I hear talk of empowerment. C-suite leaders want to empower middle managers. Middle managers want to empower employees. Advocates and change agents speak of empowering entire groups of disenfranchised, marginalized, and underrepresented people. Consultants strive to empower C-suite leaders, and entire organizations. The […]

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The Greatest Threat to D&I: Binary Thinking

One of the most sinister and ongoing threats to D&I progress may not be what you think. It’s not lack of funding, lack of senior leadership buy-in, discrimination, hate groups or a particular political party. It’s binary thinking. Binary thinking is a way of organizing thoughts, and seeing the world, […]

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