Prejudice

How To Stop Judging Others

Dr. Sara T | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada Alberta
Dr. Sara T

As you progress through medical training, you can often become a bit cynical and jaded, and next thing you know, you start making assumptions when you walk into a room. Unfortunately, we have all been guilty of passing judgment at some point in time. How can we stop ourselves, and others, from passing judgment?

Is Homophobia a Religious or a Psychological Issue?

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

Historically, prejudice of any kind could be freely expressed with few repercussions (emotional, legal, or otherwise) so long as there was a reasonable justification. Religion has often served as the justification, and has therefore facilitated an array of prejudice, from racism to sexism to homophobia. Over time, the use of religious beliefs to justify prejudice has tended to decline, but still persists -- especially when it comes to homosexuality.

Why Your Doctor Could Be Biased

Stephen Hwang | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Living
Stephen Hwang

In a recent study researchers called doctors' offices in Toronto while playing the role of a person looking for a family physician. Doctors' offices were 58 per cent more likely to offer an appointment if the caller mentioned that he or she had a high-status job than if he or she mentioned receiving welfare.

How I Told Gay Youth It Gets Better

Donald D'Haene | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Donald D'Haene

A couple of years ago, the Learning Coordinator for Safe Schools asked me if I would be a keynote speaker at their annual Gay Straight Alliance Conference under the theme: It Gets Better. Here's what I said.

What is the True Measure of a Man?

Donald D'Haene | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

One of my childhoods was happy. The B&W movies projected on our small TV screen, more often than not, contradicted the drama I was living in my own home movie reels. But there were exceptions. In fact, the images of our television's B&W movies were very real to me. Sidney Poitier was one of those images, and thankfully, he made repeat appearances.

Behind the Headlines: What Your Flight Attendant Really Thinks of You

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.30.2012 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

We travel an average of 300 days per year and always thought no one cares what we wear on airplanes. Until Fox News online posted Flight attendant confessions. It surprised us to learn that the men and women who work the friendly skies are sizing us up so superficially beneath their neck scarves.

Is Tintin Racist?

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

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Jewish Resolve: Drawing Strength from Yom Kippur

Avi Benlolo | Posted 12.07.2011 | Canada
Avi Benlolo

Like Yom Kippur of 1973, we are in an emergency situation. While Israel's enemies continue to plan war against the state or fund terrorism from a distance, others are warring against Israel from across continents.

The Problem With Fighting Anti-Semitism

Elah Feder | Posted 12.05.2011 | Canada
Elah Feder

I should be grateful that my government cares enough to protect me (at least this aspect of me; they seem far less concerned about homophobia). But instead, I feel singled out. It's especially awkward since I didn't feel that unpopular in the first place.

Your Skin Is Not Your Enemy

Scaachi Koul | Posted 11.09.2011 | Canada
Scaachi Koul

After 9/11, I didn't want people to think I was Muslim. "They" were going to make my life harder for something "we" never had a hand in. "They" were the ones responsible and I wanted nothing to do with it. Being referred to as Muslim quickly changed from a harmless mistake to a black mark.

Jury Prejudice: Is the Presumption of Innocence Possible?

J.S. Vijaya | Posted 09.21.2011 | Canada
J.S. Vijaya

The transference of the dark, hidden prejudices within our society is often a subtle process and in Canada these realities are never obvious on the surface. We are all subject to the same prejudices and preferences that permeate the social ether at large.