I am being brutally honest when I say that I do notice a person’s looks when I first meet them. Does a person’s looks matter to me? Not at all – at least I’d like to think I am pious and altruistic. But you know what? Maybe looks do matter to me, and I am just lying to myself when I say that they don’t.
I know I can be judgmental at times and I also grapple with demons. Do I stereotype? Am I racist? Should we tell children that we are born judgmental?
Are you? I know I cannot help my level of being judgmental. From the time I was little, LOOKS mattered. Did they matter in your house? Who was the prettiest, thinnest, straightest hair, lightest eyes, etc.
You get my point.
So in class, when I address the issue of race with my students (and with my own children), I tell them that I, too, am guilty of judging people – and that I, too, am a work-in-progress. And that maybe I need to ERASE some of my own stereotypes.
The website, Erase-isms has practical tips to
Promote Racial Harmony (use these in your classes)
1) Speak up when you hear a racist remark
2) Avoid racial and cultural stereotyping
3) Develop relationships with people of other races
4) Value Differences by attending events of another culture
5) Take time to reflect on your own biases and stereotypes (image and tips comes via Erase-isms)
Changing gears, slightly…
So here I was at a diversity conference last Friday (sponsored by the NYSAIS), and live tweeted the keynote speakers. If you are new to Twitter, the following thread probably looks like a maze of some sort, but what it is is a thread of tweets and retweets from me and a few of people who follow me – while the conference was happening, live.
What’s the point?
There are enormous benefits in live tweeting, 1) professional development costs 2) global connectedness and the sharing of information with the world 3) keeping a record of the most meaningful portions of a conference 4) you can always refer back to your "notes."
Here are some of my notes, thanks to Twitter.
I also thought it was important for you to take a little peek inside Twitter. Especially if you’re still teetering as to whether or not to sign up.