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6 Reasons Why “All Lives Matter” Is Neither Fair Nor Helpful

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One week: Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Dallas.  Finally, the number of White people moved to action against racism is reaching a tipping point, yet tired clichés like “violence isn’t the answer” and “we must unite” threaten to keep us stuck.  “All Lives Matter” is perhaps the kindest and least helpful […]

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‘Not Judging’ Doesn’t Work: Mindful Discernment Does

Susana Rinderle

As a professional in diversity, inclusiveness and leadership, I often hear clients talk about “not judging” as a positive goal. I especially notice white people going out of their way to “not judge” others and to be perceived as nonjudgmental. As is sometimes the case with good people starting out […]

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Unconscious Bias Training Is Anti-Racism Training

Unconscious bias training is in. It’s neat; it incorporates lots of cool new science. It’s sexy; it incorporates lots of cool images and eye opening exercises. It’s trendy; all the cool kids are doing it. And it’s safe; no one talks about racism. That’s where the legitimate criticism comes in. […]

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3 Ways the Ferguson Decision is Bad for Business

Last night, a Missouri grand jury found there wasn’t sufficient evidence to charge white police officer Darren Wilson with a crime for shooting unarmed black teenager Michael Brown dead in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Aug. 9. Last night, I listened carefully to prosecutor Bob McCullough repeatedly emphasize […]

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Focusing on Racists Perpetuates Racism

Donald Sterling is in the news – a name I didn’t know until a few weeks ago, although I’m a Los Angeles native and have seen the Clippers play live. As a diversity & inclusiveness practitioner I’ve been asked what I think about him and his “racist” comments, just like […]

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5 Myths About Unconscious Bias — And 6 Ways to Reduce It

There’s no denying it, unconscious bias is trendy. It’s so trendy, it’s even become an acronym in some of my circles, known affectionately as “UB.” But as often occurs when a term or concept becomes common or mainstream, myths and misinformation abound: Myth 1: We don’t need to worry anymore […]

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Diversity Isn’t Dead, But We’ve Been Doing it Wrong

Diversity is dead. Diversity is buried. Diversity is a waste of time and money. Diversity is appealing but not practical. These are statements I hear regularly, even from diversity professionals. We have failed. The return on investment for diversity efforts is dismal (here’s just one example of our lack of […]

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