Tag Archive for: Black Lives Matter

7 ways American racism is alive and well today

By Sandra Feter, Futurity Racism is a deeply American problem and, based on a review of prior research, there are seven factors contributing to racism in the US today, researchers argue in a new paper. “People often define racism as disliking or mistreating others on the basis of race. That definition is wrong,” says coauthor […]

MENTOR celebrates Pride month

June is Pride Month, and MENTOR is celebrating #MENTORPride. Read their statement, and access Pride Month resources for mentors below. “June is Pride Month, which lifts up a movement built on fighting for equality and acceptance for all. That message is as timely as ever, as we stand against the tragedies and realities of systemic […]

How mentors and mentoring programs can support mentees’ ethnic/racial identity

By Bernadette Sánchez & Aerika Brittian Loyd  In light of recent media coverage on murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd (and many others) and the resulting protests across the nation, supporting the positive ethnic/racial identity of youth of color, especially Black youth, is more urgent than ever. The senseless killing of Black […]

Resources for helping and healing

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, America once again contends with its deeply ingrained, structural, systemic racism. We have gathered a number of resources here that we hope will help our community of readers cope with this incredibly traumatic series of events. While the reality of American racism is not new or […]

What’s lost when black children are socialized into a white world

Dani McClain, The Atlantic  I interviewed dozens of black mothers about how they help their kids navigate schools where they might be perceived as threats or made to feel unwelcome. Jessica Black is a Pittsburg, California, mother of two black teenagers, both of whom have been disciplined multiple times at their middle and high schools. […]

Why the #IfIDieInPoliceCustody Hashtag is Wake-Up Call For Mentoring: Three ways Mentoring can Become More Critical Now

by Torie Weiston, Ph.D. Soon after the news that Sandra Bland, a Black woman arrested in Texas, had died in police custody, the hashtag #IfIDieInPoliceCustody began to trend on Twitter. This hashtag is another sobering reminder that the world we and more importantly, the youth we mentor, exist in is full of daunting and highly […]