Dolls may sound trivial, but it’s things like children’s toys that help form unconscious views of ourselves and others

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The faces of Barbie for decades

A white friend of mine, in her sixties, knew I was involved in race and equity issues and recently asked me what I thought she should do with her Black doll collection.

“Black dolls? What do you mean?” I asked, more wondering why on earth she had them and, more importantly, what she was even talking about. Nancy grew up white and privileged in the Deep South, and while she has tremendous compassion and empathy for people of color, I was perplexed with her owning these dolls. Dolls I didn’t even think existed.

“When you say you have Black dolls…


Despite thousands of years of anti-Jewish hate, universities omit Jews and anti-Semitism from virtually every ethnic studies program in the country

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Typical Yard Sign Fighting Hatred

When The New York Times published its September 18, 2020, full page obituary of Supreme Court Justice and social justice icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I shouldn’t have been shocked since it’s become a pattern in society. But not one mention of the fact that RBG was Jewish. Ginsburg was a proud Jew and proud supporter of the Jewish homeland. Her Jewishness was a significant motivation for her world views, including about women’s rights, yet not a peep about it. Trust me, it wasn’t an accident.

CNN’s reporting on the removal of wackadoodle Marjorie Taylor Greene from congressional committees failed to…


How About All Year Round

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Black Inventor Lewis Latimer’s Carbon Filament Light Bulb

When I enrolled at Ohio State in the fall of 1987, I was fascinated by the inch-thick book of classes to choose from. Everything from calculus to French to philosophy to history of the Middle East to ping pong. No underwater basket-weaving classes, but they even had Yiddish and Swahili courses. You name the topic, they had a class for it.

At 18, I had no idea about Black Studies. A bit shortsighted of my teenage self, since I wasn’t at all shocked that the school offered Judaic Studies and Women’s Studies courses. Still, when…


Did you hear the one about Bill Gates, Fauci, the Rothschilds, and the Martian?

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Alien stopping point Area 51

By now, we all know someone who buys into one conspiracy theory or another. The one about COVID-19 being created by Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Chinese to help pharmaceutical companies. The one where Republican and Democratic judges, Republican Attorney General Bill Barr, Republican homeland security officials, secretaries of states, state attorneys general, and software companies all conspired to steal what otherwise would’ve been a landslide election victory for Trump.

The QAnon one about Jewish Hollywood elites running an underground pedophile ring. Or the most recent one, how the Chinese were going to mass-kidnap American women so they could carry…


Let’s find a better balance between saving this country from sedition and another civil war and allowing people to speak their warped minds

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A web user watching his content get censored

I was only in the second grade when I overheard my parents talking about how the Nazis planned to march in the mostly Jewish Chicago area neighborhood of Skokie, home to many Holocaust survivors. My dad was furious. “How can they let this happen?” I remember him pacing back and forth. My parents were part of the generation born right after the Holocaust, a generation whose wounds were fresh in collective traumatized Jewish hearts and minds. The truth is anti-Semitism reaches far beyond the Holocaust, but it was still the singular focus for many Jews after World War II.

American…


Black Lives Matter, Version 20.21

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Alone and Excluded in a Cafe

I’ve been watching way too much television since COVID hit.

Lately, it’s been some cheesy but charming Netflix show called The Good Place, where satanic hell architect Ted Danson experiments with new kinds of torture for people who end up in hell. He provides real human interactions and experiences to show how they can be far worse than enduring needles, fire or beatings. …


Storming of U.S. Capitol is the Final Warning

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I remember the day well. April 19, 1995.

I was one month away from graduating. It was just after 10:00 a.m. in Ohio, a windy, spring day, and I was relaxing in the lounge area at the University of Toledo College of Law. Televisions had been installed months earlier in the main gathering room because of the never-ending O.J. Simpson murder trial.

I don’t remember what program was playing on the TV screens the moment it happened, but the news soon broke to interrupt whatever was on. The Alfred P. …


Vaccinating against unconscious bias

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A Typical Dinner Table

There’s a lot of talk about what the new normal will be like after we emerge from this Corona mess. Work from home more. Fridays off. Washing hands more. Maybe even recycle or ride our bikes more to be earth friendlier. Support local businesses. Spend more time with kids.

With all the renewed talk about systemic racism today, following another year of more killing of unarmed Black and Brown men and women (another one in Columbus, Ohio just this past week) and plenty more Karen and Ken bird watching like incidents, it’s sometimes hard to figure out why we’re still…


Time to celebrate peace in the Middle East

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Ugly Plain Gift Wrap

When I used to subscribe to printed newspapers, I would store the old papers in my garage so that when Chanukah rolled around, I could save a few trees and wrap presents for my kids. I’m not gonna lie, the stack of gifts didn’t look as nice as when I used the expensive colorful paper Target sells each year. The stock market listings, weather forecasts, and latest political spats just didn’t charm my kids’ liking for red, blue, silver, and green patterns.

Local interest stories had nothing on snowman, nutcracker, and dreidel art. I think a part of me was…


Time for Europe To Pay For Their Racist Sins

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Beautiful Portugal

Ask many Americans which countries are on their list of places to visit, and places like Spain, Portugal, England, France and the Netherlands often make the list.

And why not? They’re such wonderful places.

My visit to the Netherlands a few years ago was amazing. Friendly people. Bike riding in the beautiful countryside. Cheesemaking. Boat rides along the many canals in Amsterdam. Museums. Stunning architecture.

Spain is no less amazing. Madrid with Mayor Plaza, the Royal Palace and literally thousands of restaurants. Barcelona, with its unique architecture, gothic quarter, museums and of course incredible food. The stunning cliffs and clear…

Jeffrey Kass

Thought-Leader On Race, Society, and Culture | Award-Winning Author | Speaker | Trainer | Lawyer | Latest Book: The Rona Diaries. One World. Two Pandemics.

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