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Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D., is a member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches Psychology of Race and Ethnicity, Theories of Psychotherapy, and a graduate-level restorative justice practicum based at a youth detention center. An autobiographical essay of Mikhail's interests in race relations and basketball is available here.

Since 2009, Mikhail has been learning, facilitating, evaluating, and supporting others in the U.S. in learning about Restorative Circles, a restorative practice developed in Brazil by Dominic Barter and associates. In addition to conflict and restorative practices, Mikhail also has a long-standing interest (going back about 20 years) in race and racial dynamics and regularly explores these themes in his Psychology Today blog Between the Lines., as well as in contributions to a variety of anthologies on popular culture, ranging from Harry Potter to vampires to superheroes. In addition to OpEdNews, Mikhail’s commentary has also appeared in a many other online publications, including Buzzflash, Jewcy, Colors, Race-Talk, Truthout, Tikkun, Alternet and The Huffington Post, and he has been a guest on a variety of radio programs, including Illinois Public Media and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Mikhail's academic work includes several book chapters and more than a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics such as racial identity, undocumented immigration, and restorative justice. Mikhail also recently co-edited an academic textbook: Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Age and, in 2006, co-authored a book on the Russian-Jewish diaspora: Building a diaspora: Russian Jews in Israel, Germany, and the United States.

Born in Kiev, Mikhail immigrated with his family to the United States as a child in 1977. He currently lives in Urbana, IL with his wife and two children.

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Monday, June 16, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
"This Lady Refused to Sit Next to a 'Negro'" - The Rest of the Story
(14 comments) The behavior in the "Despicable" PSA is deplorable, but just because we don't stoop to that level doesn't mean we're off the hook for being racist. The problem is much more serious and insidious and requires a great deal more honesty, both with ourselves and each other. Oversimplified depictions of racism stand in the way of self-responsibility and restorative actions.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Racial Analysis of Sterling's Comments, NBA's Response
(24 comments) There is much to celebrate about the NBA's stand against Sterling but also much to be concerned about. Classic studies in psychology suggest that any one of us could have been in Sterling's place. Do we have a greater responsibility as a society than just removing the bad apple?

Saturday, April 5, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Undocumented Migrants Hurt American Economy, Or Do They?
(10 comments) In his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of his desire for a day when all Americans could peacefully coexist as equals. 51 years later our society is still in many ways divided, not only by race, the primary focus of King’s efforts, but also by immigration status. Here we summarize key findings from our study of undocumented immigrants

Thursday, March 13, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Is Nonviolence Effective?
(7 comments) The evidence for the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance is mounting. In the past 100 years, nonviolent campaigns were nearly twice as likely to achieve full or partial success as were violent campaigns and the advantage for nonviolent campaigns held even when controlling for the authoritarianism of the regime.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Reading of the Letter From Birmingham Jail: A Review
(1 comments) Though not as universally known as the "I Have a Dream" speech delivered just a few months later, Letter From a Birmingham Jail, which King started to write on the margins of a newspaper, is the source of many of his most well-known words. A new film gives these words screen time, much to the benefit of anyone who takes the time to watch.

Saturday, July 27, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
What If We Choose To Do It With Love?
(9 comments) We tend to think of love as an emotion, which of course it is, but it is also a choice. It is a choice we can make in regard to not only a romantic partner but also a friend, a stranger, and even someone we regard as an enemy. Unlike emotional love, this kind of love is not fleeting. soft or irrational. Rather, it is an orientation toward justice and healing.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Restorative Justice for Trayvon Martin
(9 comments) Two cities. Two people of color fatally shot by those charged with security and law enforcement. Two communities torn apart across racial lines. One city reacts conventionally with criminal charges and court proceedings. The other additionally engages in a Restorative Circle, a restorative process designed to create conditions for mutual understanding and repair of harm.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Story of Slavery From the Deep North
(12 comments) Did you know Northerners were involved in the slave trade? This is a review of the documentary film Traces of the Trade, which examines one White Northern family's history with slavery.

Saturday, July 6, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Health Outcomes of a Racist Society
(22 comments) Residential segregation and other societal racist structures increases health risks and mortality. David Williams and other scholars empirically illustrate the problem...and the potential interventions.

Sunday, January 13, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Three Recommendations for Joe Biden's Gun Task Force
(9 comments) It's easy to point the finger at the mentally ill and media but solutions lie elsewhere. Here are three empirically-based recommendations for reducing violence:

Sunday, January 13, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Confronting the Violence That Betrays Young Lives
(7 comments) Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) statement on mass killings

Thursday, April 26, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Studies of Unconscious Bias Suggest Racism Not Necessarily Perpetrated By Racists
(7 comments) Research shows that when people hold a negative stereotype about a group and meet someone from that group, they often treat that person differently and honestly don't even realize it.

Monday, February 27, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Ten Things Everyone Should Know About White Privilege Today
(9 comments) Understanding privilege can help us make sense of our relationships, connect across differences, and make the world better in the process.

Monday, February 6, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
How Super is Superhero Justice?
(6 comments) Like speculative fiction in general, superhero stories are ultimately about ourselves. The fictional universes allow the writers to manipulate the circumstances to better examine the most complex aspects of the human experience, none more so than the issues of morality and justice

Thursday, December 22, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Cost of Vengeance: The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Part 2
(13 comments) Nietzsche observed (about those who fight monsters), "If you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." Is Lisbeth Salander really safer as a result of taking vengeance? Are the rest of us?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Cost of Justice: The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Part 1
(7 comments) Lisbeth Salander's anger is righteous. Her violence apparently justified. After all, we neither mourn for the monsters that heroes kill, nor question their choice to kill them. But is there anything she might have done that might have served both her and society better?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Are stereotypes unfairly stereotyped?
(2 comments) Think you know what stereotypes are? If you're relying on definitions from mainstream dictionaries, you're probably, well...guilty of stereotyping. But don't worry. That might not be a bad thing

Saturday, October 1, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
"No Wedding No Womb" Might Save Lives--Are We Content With That?
(11 comments) Is there a cost to promoting marriage and two-parent families?

Thursday, September 22, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Racial Scoop on NYPD Officers' Dirty Dancing
(24 comments) White men "keeping order and control" over Black women's bodies, while at the same time using those same bodies for their own sexual gratification has a long and painful history in this country. Are the women and police officers in this video aware that they are playing out the slavery script?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Twenty Tweets About Troy Davis and the Death Penalty
(3 comments) With Davis's execution just hours away, it is time to not only take immediate action to save his life (see last tweet) but to examine the system of capital punishment more broadly, a system that is racially biased beyond a reasonable doubt.

Monday, September 5, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Come Learn about Restorative Circles: A Community Response to Conflict and Injustice
(1 comments) Internationally-known restorative-justice practitioner/teacher Dominic Barter will lead a 5-day learning event in Champaign, IL October 12-16.

Thursday, June 9, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Kids On Color: New Site Helps Parents and Kids Talk About Race
(1 comments) Sometimes the conversations we shy away from having with our kids are exactly the ones we most need to have. Professor of media, culture, and communication, Charlton McIlwain, hopes his new website, Kids on Color, helps families do just that.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Study Finds Smiling Men are Less Attractive to Women
(5 comments) A new study suggests that smiling is seen as sexually attractive on women but not on men. The findings explain some enduring widely-believed phenomena and raise interesting questions about inter-racial attraction.

Monday, June 6, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Racial Politics of X-Men
(1 comments) The X-Men franchise draws deliberate parallels between the oppression of mutants and that of other marginalized groups. What does it have to teach us about our own culture's racial history and prejudices?

Sunday, June 5, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Ethical Lessons from Kanazawa: Recommendations for Writers and Editors
(5 comments) Professional degrees give Psychologists and other scientists presumed trust and an assumption of competence, but as uncle Ben told Peter Parker when he first became Spiderman, "with great power comes great responsibility"

Saturday, June 4, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Want to know what "race" is or isn't? Don't ask the dictionary!
(4 comments) Dictionaries do a lousy job defining race. A new study suggests that the social cost of this may be higher than we thought, but there is also reason for optimism.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Beauty May Be In Eye of Beholder But Eyes See What Culture Socializes
(6 comments) Kanazawa's claims aside, there is no single "objective" standard of beauty. The adage that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is incomplete. Sure, there are individual differences. The point is that there are also group differences, not in attractiveness (as Kanazawa claims), but in cultural messages about what is and is not attractive.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Japan's "civilized" response to the earthquake and tsunami has inspired all the wrong questions
(44 comments) Japan can use all the support it can get. Too bad so much of it has come bundled with racist assumptions about cultural superiority.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
About Those Whites-Only Scholarships
Do race-based scholarships (and race-based affirmative action in admissions) ultimately do more harm than good for both students of color and for our society? Two race-bloggers discuss the "whites-only" scholarships and their implications for scholarships targeting students of color.

Sunday, March 6, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
When it comes to non-white characters in fiction, is it better to be stereotyped, tokenized, or erased?
(10 comments) Sure, we all want non-white and non-straight characters that are as complex and realistic as those that are white and straight, but what if writing such characters is simply not part of that particular writer's repertoire? Do we still want those writers to take their best shot (knowing they won't come up to snuff), or would we rather they just leave those "minority" groups out altogether?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Obama spoke about Education. We Should Start with Bachmann and the Tea Party
(19 comments) Michele Bachmann took some liberties with U.S. history. The comments say a lot about her political priorities.

Monday, January 24, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
10 Reasons not to Read This (Political Edition)
(1 comments) You think you already have good reasons. Wait until you see these.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Tiger Mom in (Scientific) Perspective
(20 comments) Amy Chua's arguments seem scientifically plausible. The three laws of behavior genetics suggest otherwise.

Saturday, January 8, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Did Kanye Create a Monster?
(6 comments) One of the defining characteristics of monsters is that they don't have redeeming qualities. The moment we begin to like or sympathize with any part of the monster, it is no longer a monster but a flawed being. What, then, are we to make of Kanye West's new video?

Thursday, January 6, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Few Words In Defense of the N-Word, in the Novels of Mark Twain
(52 comments) So, what's wrong with a little racial sensitivity?

Friday, December 10, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Introducing OEN's First Special Issue: Restorative Justice
(12 comments) Usually, like most news/opinion sites, we focus our attention on the problems. Today, we want to focus on some creative ways of working through them. As befitting an alternative news site, we want to highlight an alternative way of "doing justice".

Friday, December 10, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The U.S. (in)Justice System Doesn't Work. The Alternative Just Might
(28 comments) To the uninitiated, restorative processes may appear idealistic and naive. After all, they reject the two core aspects of the traditional justice system: the assignment of blame and the administration of punishment. Instead, the goal of the Circle is for the parties involved in the conflict to first gain mutual understanding of the others' experiences and needs and then to restore or build a mutually satisfying relationship.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
No Wedding No Womb: Does Focusing on Individual Change Distract from Fighting Structural Racism?
(6 comments) "No Wedding No Womb" (#NWNW on Twitter) is essentially a "don't have kids out of wedlock" movement, so why the big controversy? One (almost) middle-aged White guy's take on a Black women's movement.

Saturday, October 9, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
What works well for you when you are interested in inviting white people to talk about racism?
(4 comments) How do we create a conversation no one wants to have?

Saturday, September 4, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Should Black People Stop Using the N-Word?
(13 comments) Which word from the headline would you like to see eliminated from the English language? One (Black) person's answer just might surprise you.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Should social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin collect information about users' race and ethnicity?
(9 comments) Facebook does not currently ask about race, but researchers have figured out how to reliably ascertain this information from other information in the profile. Should we be worried?

Thursday, August 19, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Few Words in Favor of Compassion for the Cruel
(9 comments) If we are kind to those to whom we should be cruel, will we ultimately be cruel to those to whom we should be kind?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Our Justice System Requires Us To Punish Wrongdoers. What if There Were a Better Way?
(22 comments) What if conflict was seen as something to engage rather than to avoid? What if there was a way of "doing justice" that involved neither fault-finding nor punishment? Restorative Justice systems are challenging all of our sacred cows concerning justice. For those that are open to what they offer, they may deliver far more than anything we dare to hope for.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Going Where Glenn Beck Wouldn't: Defining White Culture
(28 comments) Glenn Beck refused to define white culture, but it can, in fact, be defined. There are three tenets of white culture. Avoidance of self-racialization is one of them.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Racism in the Elevator. Misogyny in the Video Production Room.
(3 comments) Does fighting one "ism" give us license to perpetrate another?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Meaning of Life, According to Twilight, is Love, Only Love
(16 comments) Twilight tells us the meaning of life is love. Is the message anti-feminist?

Sunday, May 16, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Race is Sexy. Sex is Racy. Now "Get Lost"
(14 comments) The photos are edgy. They're sexually charged, literally (and symbolically) hot and wet. They're also undeniably racially provocative. The white model (Daria Werbowy) is apparently "Lost", at least that's what the title of the spread implies. But lost in what?

Thursday, April 29, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Ladies and Gentlemen: The U.S. (in)Justice System
(8 comments) Incarceration rates are skyrocketing, particularly for men of color. The racial bias in law enforcement and incarceration rates is well-documented. Are we at the dawn of a new civil rights movement?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Is This Obama/Blagojevich Video Racist?
(1 comments) Is this video funny? Is it racist? The answers are not always clear and may say more about you than the video

Thursday, February 11, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
John Mayer's Longing for Blackness is a "Very" Wide-Open Window Into U.S. Race Relations
(1 comments) Mayer took a lot of heat for the N-word, and rightly so. But let's place his words in context: He wasn't insulting anyone but rather lamenting that, even as an honorary member of the Black community, he still didn't have full access to all its privileges.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Erica Kennedy's Feminista is Funny, Charming, and Just Possibly Too Close To Home
Can an assertive, feminist, biracial woman find true love? And, if so, what will this love look like? A journey into (and out of) the shadow of materialism, feminism, and self-absorption and a search for true love. [A Book Review]

Thursday, January 28, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
"I Forgot Obama was Black": Reflections On Chris Matthews's Comment
(3 comments) For many, Chris Matthews's post-speech comments took the luster off President Obama's first State of the Union address. I offer a few brief thoughts about Matthews's comments, what he probably meant to say, and why many didn't hear it that way.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Racial Politics of Avatar (Part 2)
(1 comments) Avatar's racial politics are more complex than its critics claim. But the film has some noteworthy sociopolitical flaws, and these flaws also deserve some attention.

Monday, December 28, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Racial Politics of Avatar
(3 comments) Avatar is so heavily loaded with racial allegory that it's impossible, even for a casual viewer, to ignore its sociopolitical currents. On the surface, Avatar is an obvious, at times even heavy-handed, pro-environmental and anti-war missive. But that's just the top layer. Underneath it is a bevy of subtle story lines and images that both arise from and comment on contemporary racial politics.

Thursday, November 26, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Thanksgiving's Many and Complicated Needs
(2 comments) The early relationship between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag in many ways continues to be controverial, but two peoples came together in peace and mutual assistance that first year and the resulting Thanksgiving, in turn, paved the way for a half century of peace. Is this event worth celebrating, or is it yet another example of white insensitivity toward its indigenous peoples?

Saturday, August 8, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Trouble With Elves: Racial Dynamics in Harry Potter (Part 3)
(8 comments) The Harry Potter books and films have deliberate and unmistakable messages about race and racism. But what are they really saying and are these really the lessons we want our children to learn? This is the 3rd of a 3-part series examining racial dynamics in the Harry Potter universe.

Thursday, August 6, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Color of Blood: Racial Dynamics in Harry Potter (Part 2)
(9 comments) The Harry Potter books and films have deliberate and unmistakable messages about race and racism. But what are they really saying and are these really the lessons we want our children to learn? This is the 2nd of a 3-part series examining racial dynamics in the Harry Potter universe.

Thursday, July 30, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Black Boy Even Taller Than Ron: Racial Dynamics in Harry Potter (Part 1)
(13 comments) The Harry Potter books and films have deliberate and unmistakable messages about race and racism. But what are they really saying and are these really the lessons we want our children to learn?

Saturday, July 25, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Gates and Crowley: It May Not Be Racist, But It Is Most Certainly Racial
(20 comments) Reasonable people may disagree on who was right and wrong, but there is an undeniable racial element to this incident that is reminiscent of the climactic scene in the film Crash.

Monday, June 29, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Michael Jackson, Not Too Many Words
(3 comments) Michael Jackson changed with the times and, despite his flaws. evolved into precisely the kind of progressive force we wish all artists would be.

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