by Channon Oyeniran Reading is essential to everyone, but I think most importantly to children! For this Tuesday Justice post, I want to focus on children’s books and the importance for kids to read diverse books and read (or hear) stories with main characters who (unfortunately) aren’t normally showcased. Why it’s important for Ara: My… Read More Black Books Matter: The Importance of Diversity in Children’s Literature
As I thought about how to address Black Panther on the blog, I realized the best thing that I could do is exactly what we always do at Tuesday Justice: provide LOTS of resources! It’s been by reading various articles that I have come to better understand why this film is so needed, so beautiful, and so loved.… Read More Black Panther Resource List
The truth is that nobody knows what actually causes terrorism to a point where we can generalize the motivations of all terrorists. There are different levels of explanation – social, individual, structural or political motivations – and whilst each may play a part, the dominant narrative takes a religious ideological approach as fact without any demonstrated scientific basis. … Read More When They Get the Story Wrong: Muslims, Ideology & Terrorism
All people deserve to feel seen and heard, and with stats like the ones presented here, we can be sure that certain stories aren’t being told and certain people aren’t being seen and heard. And it is through stories that we learn, we grow, we empathize, we connect, and we must (and can) do better.… Read More Representation Matters!
Completely different religions can coexist in America just as easily as different denominations of Christianity. There aren’t campaigns where Methodist try to convert all Baptists, and churches with totally different beliefs collaborate to accomplish work in the community. The same type of collaboration is possible between churches and mosques. … Read More 5th Tuesday Guest Post: Islam & Religious Freedom in America
“There are practical reasons for keeping the doors open…The economic benefits are also self-evident, especially if full citizenship is the agreed goal. […] Our government repeats it, our statistics confirm it, our own eyes and ears register it: diversity fuels, not undermines, prosperity.” – Charles Foran… Read More Making Multiculturalism Work
Some days it doesn’t feel like enough. In fact, a lot of days it feels like the little things I do aren’t enough to make any difference at all. But if none of us do anything because all of us feel like it’s not enough, then nothing will ever get better. We need EVERYBODY to play a part: liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, independent… EVERYBODY. If we ALL do what we can, I promise we can have #ABetterNextYear.… Read More 2017: “But what can we do?!”
If you’re like me, you’ve heard of Kwanzaa, have some ideas about what it might be (but actually have no idea). Hopefully we can fix that today! After a very short intro to Kwanzaa, there will be links to some of Channon’s and my favorite videos of African culture, dancing, and music. We will be posting… Read More Kwanzaa & the Celebration of African Culture
Whether it’s bringing new skills to a job, new ideas and thoughts to a classroom, or new food to a neighbourhood, multiculturalism brings together talented people and innovative and interesting ideas and skills to a country, thus allowing it to thrive! When multiculturalism is adapted in a country, the potential of that country is outstanding, simply because it has a diverse and wide range of people.… Read More Multiculturalism: A Primer
The one thought that kept permeating my mind was that my ancestors, the African people, although ripped from their land, brought over on slave ships, separated from their families, humiliated, brutalized, killed and beaten, had endured it all and survived!
… Read More National Museum of African-American History and Culture: A People’s Journey