Iowa Caucus Coverage and the Friend Card

*This post is part of our series analyzing the discourse on diversity in the election and election coverage. By Lauren Horn Griffin The frequency of the “I have black/Latino friends” argument and its continued use by politicians and pundits reveal a need to engage in a more sophisticated discussion of diversity, discrimination, and difference.   Since the Iowa … Continue reading Iowa Caucus Coverage and the Friend Card

The Work of Tolerance and Inclusion in a Period of Extremism

The Syrian refugee crisis and recent terrorist attacks have pushed the American public to delve into civic questions of who 'we' are and where we draw lines of inclusion and exclusion in our society. We've asked Meghan Horner, a longtime professional working in refugee resettlement and non-profit/NGO development, to write this guest post offering a perspective on … Continue reading The Work of Tolerance and Inclusion in a Period of Extremism

Texas and the Politics of Exclusion

By Tiffany Puett First published at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tiffany-puett/texas-and-the-politics-of-exclusion_b_8594446.html Last Friday night, several armed terrorists coordinated attacks around the city of Paris that left 129 people dead. The terrorist group ISIS, or Daesh, has claimed responsibility. The day before the Paris attacks, suicide bombers with ISIS affiliation killed 43 people and wounded 239 more in Beirut. The attacks … Continue reading Texas and the Politics of Exclusion

Houston Arabic Immersion Magnet School Faces Bigots

IDCL Director Tiffany Puett has a new piece on the Huffington Post about recent Islamophobic protests at the new Arabic Immersion Magnet School in Houston, TX. As she argues: Better education about the diverse cultures and religions represented in Houston and greater Texas is essential for creating a public square that makes room for the … Continue reading Houston Arabic Immersion Magnet School Faces Bigots