Monday, November 30, 2020

Linda Wallace - The Cultural Coach

15 POSTS 0 COMMENTS

African-American bids for U.S. Senate mostly fall short

In an historic election held amid a global pandemic, seven African Americans were vying for seats in the U.S. Senate, including Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) who was declared an early winner by major news organizations. “New Jersey, I’m once again humbled by the faith you've...

Why diversity is everybody’s business

Dear Cultural Coach: Why aren’t you more concerned about giving our youths the correct tools to succeed in a global market? Encouraging students to constantly speak “hip-hop” vocabulary will only hold them back. It’s not like past generations where the youths had a few words...

The correct way to argue with a teacher about race

Dear Cultural Coach: I have a white professor in graduate school who attempts to incorporate “diversity” instruction into his subjects. He starts each and every class emphasizing that all of the non-minority students view race alike, that we're all inherently racist and that we all...

The Cultural Coach: Ethnic-group names keep evolving, so keep up

Dear Cultural Coach: When my colleagues and I are chatting at work and a topic concerning race or ethnicity arises, I sometimes freeze up. I am not sure which ethnic names are trendy. Can you provide a little guidance? -- Speechless   Dear Speechless: The U.S. Census Bureau is...

Labels are for packages, not for grandkids

Dear Cultural Coach: Why do people put labels on their grandchildren? I hear people make statements like ``my local grandkids, my Italian grandkids, my Mexican grandkids ... my Jewish ready-made (adopted) grandkids.' I personally find this extremely inappropriate and have since learned that many...

THE CULTURAL COACH: Is it wrong for White people to protect their heritage?

Dear Cultural Coach: When immigrants keep their old customs and values, it changes our community. Their music is different, and there are shows in foreign languages on my TV. We are losing the home we once knew. People are walking around speaking a language we...

THE CULTURAL COACH: Looking at the White way of life

Reader question: If African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans have cultures, then why don’t White Americans? If there is a European-American culture, what is it exactly? Answer: Yes, there is an Italian culture, an Irish culture, an English culture and now, according to some, a...

How come Black people get to have their own groups

Dear Cultural Coach: My comments may sound racist on the surface, but I am trusting that you are as open-minded as your writing. I have been wondering why having all-African-American clubs or associations is not racist but having something all-white is. Actually my question...

Calling all allies: This is your moment!

Being a true cultural ally is not like having a sleepover where friends come together, talk, and then return to their separate lives in the morning. It is more like a steep climb up a rocky hill fraught with danger, some personal risk and narrow...

THE CULTURAL COACH: Helping fellow travelers walk their talk

Companies sometimes marvel when resistance to their new diversity campaign arises from a chorus of diversity advocates. On occasion, frustrated employees will write to complain that these campaigns have more to do with image and branding than with workforce fairness. “Every time we get a new...
X
X