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EDITORIAL: Racial unity in America must get beyond mere words | Editorials. Racism Without Racists? But what was all the fuss about? In both of the above situations, a famous, wealthy celebrity walks into an environment of immense privilege and gets treated with something less than groveling obeisance. In neither case has anything resembling a tragedy transpired. However, the reactions to the two incidents couldn't be more unalike. Whereas the white millionaire brushes away the slight and moves on, the black billionaire bristles with hurt, leaving the scene feeling not just personally belittled, but also racially abused. Of course Hermès denied any ill will toward Ms. Winfrey and apologized for the perceived lack of respect. It is inconceivable that they would do otherwise. Many blacks--even many of the most prominent ones--feel that what happened to Oprah in Paris is an example of the different way prejudice operates today.

Commenting in the Washington Post, a writer put the matter like this: "It is easy to believe that a clerk in a fancy store could be plagued by prejudices. The GOP Loses By Misunderstanding Identity Politics. How Should White Americans Deal With Their Ancestors? Certain phenomena transcend all cultures and exist independent of contact between them. One of those is admiration of ancestors. In every corner of the globe, people take comfort and inspiration from the generations that came before them. These ties, whether represented in worship or merely remembrance, are an essential part of the human experience.

Today white Americans are being asked, often by other white Americans, to break with this central human tradition and condemn their forefathers. This has come in the form of removing statues, changing history books, and teaching even very young children that their ancestors provided them privileges that are undeserved and wrong. But what are the implications of teaching young white people their ancestors were awful? Why Were Whites Dominant? Eurasia had a few key advantages over other regions in the world. The Pendulum Swings, But How Far There seems to be an idea that history, as currently taught, is a celebration of whiteness. Civil forfeiture: SC police seize millions, often from innocent people. The new threat: 'Racism without racists'

They showed people a photograph of two white men fighting, one unarmed and another holding a knife. Then they showed another photograph, this one of a white man with a knife fighting an unarmed African-American man. When they asked people to identify the man who was armed in the first picture, most people picked the right one. Yet when they were asked the same question about the second photo, most people -- black and white -- incorrectly said the black man had the knife. But here's why such conversations rarely go anywhere: Whites and racial minorities speak a different language when they talk about racism, scholars and psychologists say.

The knife fight experiment hints at the language gap. But for many racial minorities, that type of racism doesn't matter as much anymore, some scholars say. It's what one Duke University sociologist calls "racism without racists. " "The main problem nowadays is not the folks with the hoods, but the folks dressed in suits," says Bonilla-Silva. Study: Workplace diversity can help the bottom line. Gender diversity in the workplace helps firms be more productive, according to a new study co-authored by an MIT researcher — but it may also reduce satisfaction among employees. “Having a more diverse set of employees means you have a more diverse set of skills,” says Sara Ellison, an MIT economist, which “could result in an office that functions better.” At the same time, individual employees may prefer less diverse settings. The study, analyzing a large white-collar U.S. firm, examined how much “social capital” offices build up in the form of things like cooperation, trust, and enjoyment of the workplace.

“The more homogeneous offices have higher levels of social capital,” Ellison observes. More diversity, more revenue? The paper summarizing the study’s results, “Diversity, Social Goods Provision, and Performance in the Firm,” was recently published in the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy. The work was funded in part by the National Science Foundation. Racially Diverse Companies Outperform Industry Norms by 35% New research reinforces the business case for diversity. How can organizations implement diversity initiatives that make a long-term impact? If companies want to prosper and retain their business advantage, they would benefit from having a diverse workforce, new McKinsey research finds.

Of 366 public companies analyzed, those in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to have financial returns above national industry medians. Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15% more likely to have financial returns above their national industry peers. While correlation does not equal causation – greater diversity doesn’t automatically mean more profit – the link indicates that companies committed to diverse leadership are more successful. How Do You Diversify Your Teams? Diversity is a catchphrase that is, sometimes, more trendy than it is helpful. Google As of 02/07/2019, 03:53pm EST Set Targets not Quotas Instead of quotas, she suggests setting targets. David French on Police Shootings: 'Why I Changed the Way I Write'

Here’s the truth: Most cops are good, and too many bad cops go free. Yesterday I wrote a piece that’s gone viral — an extended denunciation of a terrible police shooting in Texas. A white officer went to black man’s apartment, apparently thinking it was her own. When she saw the man in the darkness, she claimed she thought he was a burglar. She shot him and killed him. Whenever I write about police shootings, I get a similar critique. This seeming contradiction prompted a series of tweets from Slate’s Jamelle Bouie and the Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery: Any time you take on issues of crime and punishment, you find yourself facing the same problem: How do you discuss a problem of immense complexity with enough clarity (and, yes, brevity) that people will actually read what you say?

In other words, it’s a big country. Here’s the troubling part. Yes, America is a large country. Yet there are silver linings in those dark clouds. Here’s how the New York Times summarized the results: