Diagram of socially acceptable identities and deviant identities
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Racism, Prejudice, and Implicit/Explicit Beliefs

Last week I reviewed White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. There were some important concepts that she alluded to but didn’t clearly explain, so I decided to do a post, from a social constructionist viewpoint, about how stereotypes and prejudice develop, and why the difference between implicit and explicit beliefs is important. Our societies create categories… Continue reading Racism, Prejudice, and Implicit/Explicit Beliefs

Political correctness: helpful or ineffective?
Society & Social Justice

Is Political Correctness Helpful or Ineffective?

Political correctness drives some people crazy, while others think that being careful about language is necessary to keep from causing offence. There are all kinds of people out there being intentionally offensive (just look at Twitter), but to what extent should we as a society go hunting for it when it's not intended? I don't… Continue reading Is Political Correctness Helpful or Ineffective?

sign outside the Kamloops Indian Residential School
Society & Social Justice

Indian Residential Schools: Canada’s National Disgrace

BC Ministry of Transportation On May 27, Canada was shaken out of its coronavirus haze by a press release from the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc (Kamloops Indian Band) stating that the remains of 215 children had been found buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The school, operated by the Catholic Church in… Continue reading Indian Residential Schools: Canada’s National Disgrace

transgender pride flag
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It’s a Bad Time to Be Transgender in Arkansas

I saw an article the other day on CBC News about the government of Arkansas putting the kibosh on gender-affirming treatment for anyone under the age of 18. This is a major problem for transgender people and justice in general, so let's talk about why. After Arkansas' governor vetoed a a bill that would make… Continue reading It’s a Bad Time to Be Transgender in Arkansas

Retraumatization and a police wellness check gone wrong
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A (Re)Traumatizing Police Wellness Check

I've written before about a police wellness check gone wrong that resulted in an unconscious woman being dragged along the floor, in handcuffs and without a shirt on, by a police officer doing a so-called wellness check. In this latest story of a wellness check gone wrong, CBC News reports on an incident where police… Continue reading A (Re)Traumatizing Police Wellness Check

A newspaper embraces homeless stigma - drawing of a homeless man sitting on cardboard
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Homelessness & Addiction: A Newspaper Embraces Stigma

drawing of a ho Last year I wrote about a police wellness check gone wrong, in which a young woman was dragged half-naked in handcuffs through her building by a police officer, While the woman was apprehended under the Mental Health Act, a story about the matter in the Kelowna Daily Courier used the word… Continue reading Homelessness & Addiction: A Newspaper Embraces Stigma

"The opposite of poverty isn't wealth, the opposite of poverty is justice" – Bryan Stevenson
Society & Social Justice

Poverty Can Be Very Expensive

There are some significant barriers that people living in poverty face when it comes to managing their finances. However, these may not always be obvious, so let's talk about them. Let's consider what it might look like to be living in poverty here in British Columbia, Canada, where I live. Provincial income assistance payments, including… Continue reading Poverty Can Be Very Expensive

On-screen representation of marginalized groups; graphic of a film projector in rainbow colours
Society & Social Justice

Marginalized Groups and On-Screen Representation

Ceponatia of Dogmatic Panic wrote a while back about social media claims that a film was whitewashing. It reminded me of a conversation about on-screen representation of marginalized groups that I'd had with someone not long before that. The beginnings of this post languished in my drafts folder for quite a while, until I saw… Continue reading Marginalized Groups and On-Screen Representation

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Intl. Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

I learned this morning from Marie of MAG's Blog that today is when the United Nations observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Certain types of gender-based violence have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the UN has referred to this as the "shadow pandemic". Gender-based violence can take multiple forms,… Continue reading Intl. Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Universal basic income: Taking poverty out of the picture
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Universal Basic Income: Benefits for People with Mental Illness

I don't have the economics background to speak to the feasibility of universal basic income, so I won't try; however, I did want to explore the potential benefits for people with mental illness. What universal basic income is While various implementations have been proposed, at its core, universal basic income (UBI) has several basic characteristics.… Continue reading Universal Basic Income: Benefits for People with Mental Illness