Human Bias – Removing It?

Well, well.  As a well-traveled black male, I’ve know the US environment, no the global environment, to have prejudice and bias.  Not life threating hatred, but some.   I believe, all humans utilize biases–The human brain works quite efficiently with biases (a topic worthy of a blog post by itself).

My key learning from the article is that sufficient racial integration has not occurred such that a broad base of Americans, see, Americans with racial differences as one of them.  If the article would have reported on the racial prejudice of Black people, I suspect there would be no progress.  My life experience certainly echoes the percentages quoted in the article.

As I reflect on the article, I remember the discussion Barack Obama made after the wide display of the Rev. Wright sermons.  One telling point he made, “America has not integrated its churches.”  Maybe that is the true evidence of integration, religious worship.  The American society has focused integration efforts on schools, employment, housing and with the Affordable Care Act, health care.  Maybe, just maybe, its time to effectively integrate religious worship.  Now, that is a challenge.

AP poll: Majority harbor prejudice against blacks – Yahoo! News.

Choosing The Best School is a Cost Benefit Decision

I have three family members who are of the age, where making a college choice is a stressful experience.  As I have witnessed each child’s experience, I remember my experiences choosing a college.  As life has played out, I have had this experience twice—once for undergraduate studies and another for graduate studies.  I have conveyed to them my thoughts and experiences but when I was sent an article debating historically black colleges (HBCUs) and ivy league institutions, I felt compelled to put my thoughts down Continue reading “Choosing The Best School is a Cost Benefit Decision”

What the Admissions Office should learn from the Athletic Office

The New York Times published an article on Friday “Colleges Regroup After Votes Ban Race Preferences” that got me thinking about affirmative action, and college selection. Below is my immediate reaction.

Funny, how the admission office at large public universities cannot seem to learn from their counterparts at athletic offices on the other side of campus. If you want the best talent, you must identify and recruit the talent. Continue reading “What the Admissions Office should learn from the Athletic Office”