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Monkey on our back, racists stereotypes

In Uncategorized on January 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm


Is the US still pretty racist underneath it all?:

Historical representations explicitly depicting Blacks as apelike have largely disappeared in the United States, yet a mental association between Blacks and apes remains. Here, the authors demonstrate that U.S. citizens implicitly associate Blacks and apes. In a series of laboratory studies, the authors reveal how this association influences study participants' basic cognitive processes and significantly alters their judgments in criminal justice contexts. Specifically, this Black-ape association alters visual perception and attention, and it increases endorsement of violence against Black suspects. In an archival study of actual criminal cases, the authors show that news articles written about Blacks who are convicted of capital crimes are more likely to contain ape-relevant language than news articles written about White convicts. Moreover, those who are implicitly portrayed as more apelike in these articles are more likely to be executed by the state than those who are not. The authors argue that examining the subtle persistence of specific historical representations such as these may not only enhance contemporary research on dehumanization, stereotyping, and implicit processes but also highlight common forms of discrimination that previously have gone unrecognized. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)

Found this via the always excellent: Eric Barker's barking up the wrong tree

Unfortunately I have to say  that personal evidence would back this paper up.

I blogged and agitated over the michelle obama monkey picture fiasco a while back, some of the comments I got back from the US astounded me e.g.
googleuser- "if the image is there its because it's real, yes she DOES look like a monkey to millions of Americans and to me. Fact. Look at her jaws hanks to google for not allowing filtering and other data manipulation whch would go against google's data and search integrity. Google does NOT have to apologize."

Even if we ignore the fact that the inappropriate picture was topping the rankings as a scam rather than a legitimate listing it does sadden me that this is still where we are at ?
On the surface it seems almost childishly stupid.
However when the facts start to point to this kind of stereotyping effecting treatment in the justice system or the workplace it becomes a very serious matter. 

In normal non internet life its unlikely I'm going to run into the guy above. 
If I do he's not going to express his views to me.

  • How do we meaningfully engage with people who think like this and let their views effect their behaviour ? 
  • How do we raise and tackle these kinds of issues in a constructive way ?
  • Even if I'm willing to be offended in order to deal with and counter these views its unlikely that those that hold them will be willing to confront me with this level of argument.

An Offer of Dialogue

I've done a lot of diversity training and written a lot of material on diversity of all kinds. 

So here's an offer if , you really can't see what all this "blacks look like monkey's" fuss is about 
Or you feel your justified in your views that blacks are inferior (bell curve and all)  
Then please I want to talk to you.
  • If you know anyone like this then please feel free to point them my way 
  • I promise I won't seek to out you, or ridicule you
  • I would like to start a dialogue regarding the validity of your views
  • I promise we can make the dialogue completely anonymous
  • I'm not picking a fight or inviting pointless insult here 
  • If you legitimately hold these views I would genuinely be interested in hearing from you.


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Artists should commingle, inspire and collaborate #sixwords

In Uncategorized on January 24, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Really great Improv here by Duke Ellington inspired by Miro

Found this via  a great retrospective on Adventures in music ,inspiring musical performances from all genres going on at Boing Boing via the always noteworthy StephenWorth

definitely worth checking out.

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Not looking for a closed door #sixwords #poetry

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm
*A door *

I'm not looking for a closed door
I'm looking for an open one

I want to find the kind of mind 
that's sure and true and looking to…

find, a kind of mind like mine
the open kind.

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The gift that keeps on giving ? #sixwords #poetry

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2010 at 5:02 pm
* A gift that gives *

If I give you a gift of all I have within me
In truth it is no gift worthy of the name
Because by giving I become so much richer 
and soon will fill myself from top to toe again

So why not try it, 
You can give me a gift too
You never know maybe we can start a trend
And soon the whole world will be giving 
The gift that keeps on giving without end

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Haiti in a month? in a year? #sixwords

In Uncategorized on January 19, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Image from the guardian.

There has been a lot of blogging about Haiti this is just one more post.
No apologies though.
Having saturated the news for a week,coverage will start to die away soon. The need for relief will not.

Haiti was one of the poorest countries in the world before this disaster. 

Life is even more perilous there now.

No matter what your circumstances you can make a difference.

  • Phase 1- Give what you can
  • Phase 2- Support those that give
  • Phase 3 – Get the message out and keep supporting
Just in case you'd like some more info on making effective contributions I've put together a three phase plan over at: Urban Ascetic  

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Super-bad is so 2009 its all about super-nice for 2010

In Uncategorized on January 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm
interesting article from Rajesh Setty

Using some of the ideas from Seth Godin's tribes Rajesh has come up with some interesting reasoning as to why nice people  who are high performers will have an advantage in the long run.

This is where you have an unfair advantage. In a crude way, you jump the queue to belong to the next-level-tribe quicker.

Let us just think for a minute what happens when you get access to the next level tribe earlier than your peers.

First, your conversations change as you will have different

Second, your conversations will start raising your level of awareness on topics that are “obvious” or “background knowledge” for tribes at a higher level

Third, Based on this new awareness and you start becoming more comfortable to having more such conversations and more importantly your “actions” will change.

Fourth, Your “results” will start to change and will start reflecting the results of the people in the higher level tribe.

Fifth, Soon you will be VERY comfortable belonging in the higher level tribe.

Sixth, After a while you simply become a member of this new tribe without even knowing that you jumped the queue.

So in summary be good both at what you do and to the people you meet and you'll benefit in the long run.

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Focus: Seeing everything in slow motion #sixwords Some great high-speed photography

In Uncategorized on January 18, 2010 at 7:01 pm
found via a recommendation from a friend and smashingapps

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kids choir covers Jay Z Empire state of mind..

In Uncategorized on January 17, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Via: Kyraocity  ,digg

I enjoyed this , you may to 🙂
Simple and effective.

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Cursor Kite

In Uncategorized on January 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Found this over on Beautiful Decay

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#Poetry *Better Times* I like to think of you thinking of today/Tomorrows joy or sorrow is for then

In Uncategorized on January 17, 2010 at 5:02 pm
* Better Times *

I like to think of you thinking of today  
Tomorrows joy or sorrow is for then 

My memories of you; all are in the moment
Afire with passion happy mood or grim
No matter what we choose to do I loved it 
I've never found a way to see the sin.

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