I’ve taught him to be open to other cultures. Now he’s rejecting his own…

I could not be more proud that my son can watch Aladdin and immediately realize that the underlying stereotype when only the villain speaks with a Middle Eastern accent.  Or questioning the underlying bias of the positioning of modern African folk art as items of tribal ritual in an art museum.  After all, we’ve been…

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What a Brazilian Child Gleaned from USAmerican Cartoons

I can’t tell you if this is a story about Really, have we met?  Finding out something totally surprising about my husband of 25 years that I never knew Duh—how did I never see something so obvious when seen through the eyes of another?  Or Deep, sensitive intercultural insight when seeing how USAmerican Culture is…

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Beyond Liking on Facebook: Taking Action for Social Change and The Montessori School of Englewood

Below are two stories, one about taking action for social change (like really taking action—not just liking something on Facebook) and the other story is about how media can perpetuate negative stereotypes (and how important it is to see something firsthand before passing judgment.)  Both stories are interwoven here because 1.) The stories converge, albeit…

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“Latino Express” Label Inspires Cries of Racism, White Supremacy, Mediocrity

  “Mommy, do you think this is racist? “Leaving the museum yesterday, as we were getting on the bus, there was a line of buses, and one was called the Latino Express, and only Latino and African American kids were getting on it.  The other students, and even my teacher thought it was racist.  I…

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