“…one wonders just how many teaching moments we need for white people to no longer feel entitled to comment on or police black bodies. And how much longer will we choose to consume pop culture that encourages such policing, either implicitly or explicitly?”
While companies like Starbucks attempt to right their wrongs
with staff training, we’ve seen how effective that’s been with sexual harassment
. Per Harvard sociology professor Frank Dobbin:
“Training virtually never has any effect on people’s bias, and it’s partly because bias is based on a lifetime of experiences with the media, and with real life.”
What works better
, he says, is more diverse hiring at the management level.
Warning: Do not listen to this episode
of This American Life if you ever want to eat calamari again.
The NY Times recently unearthed two boxes of slides that hadn’t been touched since they were taken during the summer of 1978
. The images are striking, particularly for the lack of devices
. According to my mother, “It was a beautiful summer. The first perfect warm day was June 1st. We lived up in Hastings-on-Hudson then, but you and I made many trips to New York City for visits. The summer was great all the way through Labor Day when we took you on your first camping trip to Indian Lake in the Adirondacks.”