Students discuss diversity and ‘colorblindness’

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Justice Education program hosted a panel of students who discussed the importance of recognizing diversity in our everyday lives and the media as part of the Justice Friday series. The conversation was led by seniors Taylr Davis and Courtney Lamar, junior Caylin McCallick and sophomore Alex Shambery. Lamar explained there are a lot of aspects that makeup the concept of diversity. “Diversity includes all aspects [of a person] whether that’s race, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual preference, et cetera.” When asked about the validity of the term “colorblind,” Davis said that concept can be misconstrued to promote hatred.“I truly believe that if you teach people that seeing others is not about the color of your skin then yes, people can use the idea of being ‘colorblind,’” Davis said. “However, many people use it as a crutch … They use it to say, ‘Oh, I don’t see color’ but then they go off and do something racist so I feel like it doesn’t have an equal proponent.”Lamar said in order to progress as a community, the recognition of diversity is a necessity. “You have to acknowledge that someone is different than you to move forward. To get all the best perspectives, you have to acknowledge diversity and that you come from different backgrounds and have different experiences.” Shambery noted how important it is to see people as who they are, rather than labeling them by the color of their skin.“Yes, I‘m black, but just because I’m black no one should assume they know me, what I stand for or what I’ve been through just by looking at my skin tone,” She said. “I think that’s something that’s very important to think about when we talk about whether or not we believe in the idea of being colorblind.” Shambery explained how valuable having a diverse group of friends can be.“It’s amazing; it’s one of the best things in the world having best friends who are [different than] me,” she said. “I can’t imagine having only friends who are exactly like me, who come from the exact same background as me and like the exact same things that I do. That would be extremely boring and how can you grow when people are exactly like you?” McCallick said people benefit from both their personal and professional lives by engaging with diverse groups of people.“Groups that are diverse [explore] more avenues because people are coming from all these different intersections in their lives and are seeing things from different perspectives, which allows a group to solve more problems and think more creatively.”The panel also focused on the influence media has in perpetuating white culture as the norm. “I don’t watch TV often, but when I do I’m constantly appalled by the abundance of all white commercials,” Shambery said.“ I rarely see people of color. I rarely see interracial couples. I rarely see queer couples. I rarely see Muslims or Jews or disabled people. I rarely see commercials of poor black kids in America. I rarely see reports of Hispanic, of Black kids going missing.”Lamar also commented on how important it is to normalize diversity in the media“Seeing underrepresented people in the media shouldn’t be shocking … movies shouldn’t focus on stereotypical struggles of [black people], that creates a stigma about it.”Lamar said there is hope for the future and she has already seen some positive examples of diversity in modern media.“I see good influences with the Buzzfeed and Facebook videos and their incorporation of different types of people into their videos,” she said. “These videos relate to our generation, are very popular and can influence our generation into becoming more diverse and open.” The Justice Friday series takes place every Friday from 12:10-12:50 p.m. in the Student Center.Tags: colorblind, Diversity, Justice Fridaylast_img read more

Coroner had attacked gay marriage

first_imgNZ Herald 4 March 2013The coroner who declined a full inquest into the suicide of a gay soldier is a Mormon church elder who attacked same-sex marriage in a submission to Parliament, saying it was an unnecessary “social experiment”. Gordon Matenga put the submission before MPs just three months before declining to open an inquest into the death of Corporal Douglas Hughes, 26, who took his own life in Afghanistan. His submission brought a carefully worded rebuke from Attorney-General Chris Finlayson on the involvement of the judiciary in political issues. Mr Finlayson said judges and coroners could make submissions “in appropriate circumstances” on well-established technical legal issues. “It would be wise for members of the bench to avoid submitting on issues that could be seen as politically contentious.”…Mr Matenga is a former bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a recently appointed president of the cluster of congregations led from Temple View in Hamilton. In November, he put forward a submission to Parliament which opposed Labour MP Louisa Wall’s private member’s bill allowing gay marriage. “Changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry is completely unnecessary and would serve no useful purpose,” he said. “A man and a woman are required to produce children. To allow same-sex couples to marry is a social experiment. There is no evidence to suggest that children will not be affected by it.” The Chief Coroner, Judge Neil MacLean, was unavailable for comment. read more

Poyet still hopeful over Borini

first_img “I said the other day every time we talk about names or there are rumours other teams get involved and it doesn’t help, so we’re trying to do things as quietly as possible and get them over the line,” he said. “We’re going to do something: we have to because of the numbers. “We’re trying to do something special, but that will depend what happens in the next two days. “I don’t want any panic buys.” Gritty midfielder Lee Cattermole was fortunate to escape a red card at Loftus Road on Saturday, sniping at Leroy Fer just moments after being booked. Poyet said he remains unfazed by Cattermole’s temper, and is pleased to see some passion from his uncompromising star. “If I was worried about his character I would change things,” Poyet said. “I had a word with him at half-time and everything was all right. “If we were all very nice it would be boring for you – you couldn’t write about anyone. “He knows that sometimes when we are not doing well he’s the one that shows a little more frustration than the rest. But that’s his character. “I like to have that kind of character. I don’t like all very nice. It’s my thing – I need a little bit of nastiness. “He’s not my Luis Suarez – he’s my Dennis Wise!” Gus Poyet has insisted Fabio Borini still wants to sign for Sunderland despite no clear progress in his long-mooted loan move from Liverpool. Black Cats boss Poyet remains hopeful Borini will complete a season-long loan deal ahead of Monday night’s transfer deadline. Borini spent last term on Wearside on loan, and had been expected to complete a hassle-free return to the Stadium of Light in the new campaign. Press Association The 23-year-old’s potential move has stalled across the summer, though, with Poyet claiming he cannot reveal all the reasons. “I know how people feel but unfortunately we cannot give you all the information, all the true information on why he’s not with us,” the Uruguayan said. “I know from the outside it looks like it’s him not wanting to come to Sunderland because of whatever, but I can promise you it’s not like that. “Now I keep it open because he’s still a Liverpool player, and maybe he can still become a Sunderland player. “Yes, I still want him. I know Fabio. I am a believer that when you know the player and you know what you get, and you are convinced that is the right player with the right mentality, I’ll wait whatever is needed for a player like that. “I think (Liverpool boss) Brendan (Rodgers) was clear now that it’s up to him, but the situation is better for us, I hope. We’ll see.” Sunderland slipped up 1-0 at QPR on Saturday, leaving Poyet’s men still without a Barclays Premier League victory in the new season. Poyet remains upbeat about the prospect of a “special” transfer before the transfer window closes, but admitted trying to pull off several coups under the radar. last_img read more