If I accept the fact that my relationships are here to make me conscious, instead of happy, then my relationships become a wonderful self mastery tool that keeps realigning me with my higher purpose for living.
the first time i heard in the air by phil collins i was in 2nd grade and it changed my life forever. it came on my alarm clock radio at 7am on my local jazz station and, half asleep, i got the feeling that i was driving through a tunnel and when the drum solo hit my soul rose out of my body and out of the tunnel and i was overwhelmed with emotions a 7 year old should never have to feel. determination set in my tiny heart. i was given a will to live that day. a purpose
Unconscious bias—whether it’s targeting race, religion, sexuality, ability, body type, or the mountain of other ways in which we judge each other—does not necessarily stem from active hate, and is not as easy to spot within our friends and ourselves. But it impacts our communities every single day. So we need to do a better job acknowledging it.
We can start by taking this Harvard Implicit Bias Test. The most responsible thing we can do right now is recognize ways to improve ourselves.
This Issue Time features a panel of experts answering your questions and addressing your concerns on Implicit bias.
Laura Mather, PhD, is an expert on unconscious bias and the neuroscience behind decision-making. She has built creative software solutions for the National Security Agency, eBay, and her own startups, Silver Tail Systems and Talent Sonar. Her work has been featured in many outlets including NPR and the New Yorker and her writing can be found in Ozy, Salon, Time Motto, Fast Company, Forbes, and the Huffington Post, where she is a regular blogger. She is the winner of the Anita Borg Institute’s 2017 ABIE Award for Technology Entrepreneurship.
Tanya M. Odom is a global consultant, coach, facilitator, writer, teacher, storyteller, ally, and thought-leader focused on equity, civil rights, and diversity and inclusion. Tanya’s unique portfolio career has allowed her to work in the education, private sector/corporate, not-for-profit/NGO, law enforcement, and university/college arenas. Tanya’s work focuses on topics including : Diversity and Inclusion, Inclusive Leadership, Race/Racism, Challenging Conversations, Mindfulness, Coaching, Innovation and Creativity, Educational Equity, and Youth Empowerment/mentoring.
Joe Gerstandt is a speaker, author, and advisor bringing greater clarity, action, and impact to organizational diversity and inclusion efforts. As a keynote speaker and consultant, Joe works with everyone from Fortune 500 companies to small non-profits.
Bryant T. Marks, Sr. is a minister, researcher, master teacher and human developmentalist. His calling/passion/purpose is to develop the knowledge, wisdom, and skills of others that will allow them to reach their full potential and live their lives with purpose and passion. He is particularly driven to identify the factors that foster the affirmative personal and academic development Black males and create programs and publications that incorporate these factors. Dr. Marks combines research from social, educational, and cognitive psychology with hip-hop, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and African/African American history to engage, inform, and inspire audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Our panelists will begin to answer your question this Friday, October 6.
Greetings from the Refuge.
How are you? I’m okay.
Guess I wasn’t much help yesterday.
Snyder soaked me real good with my crutch.
Oh yeah, Jack, this is Crutchie by the way.
These here guards, they is rude.
They say “jump” boy, you jump or you’re screwed!
But the food ain’t so badly so far, cause so far, they ain’t brung us no food!
I miss the rooftop.
Sleeping right out in the open,
in your penthouse in the sky.
There’s a cool breeze blowin’ even in July.
Anyway, so guess what!
There’s this secret escape plan I got!
Tie a sheet to the bed, toss the end out the window,
climb down then take off like a shot!
Maybe though, not tonight.
I ain’t slept and my leg still ain’t right!
Hey but, Pulitzer, he’s goin’ down!
And then Jack, I was thinking we might just go like you was sayin’!
Where it’s clean and green and pretty
with no buildings in your way
and you’re riding Palominos everyday!
I’ll be fine. Good as new,
but there’s one thing I need ya to do.
On the rooftop, ya said that a fam'ly looks out for each other.
So ya tell all the fellas for me to protect one another!
Your best friend,
ARTIST’S NOTE:My entry for Round Three of the @playchoices giveaway. It took a few weeks, but I finally managed to finish that work-in-progress I had! Added in a few more characters and chains that symbolize how their destinies are connected in one way or the other.