A surprising family dynamic of conservative leaning brother and lefty solution sister provides riveting discussion on a variety of important issues.
Intentions Not Always Realized
Before the election, I had taken upon myself to study the subtle and not always conscious residual bias that has been the subject of many conversations as of late, e.g. Soto Mayor, Gates and even the fallout from the health care debate.
It is very difficult to tap into a deep flaw such as prejudice during a self-examination process but my siblings and I took time to debrief from a situation that appeared to be a product of unconscious bias. We capture our conversation in the Podcast "Lessons After Visiting Tutankhmum " Click to play.
Screening for Bias in Public Safety Officials Should there be methods to screen out bias in police candidates, security and public safety officials? Click Here to Play.
Bias in the Uniform Crime Reports
Recently, a publishing company ranked the city of Oakland California third in the nation in crime and with a thirty-six percent black population, this data may fuel the stereotype that blacks commit more offenses than any other racial or ethnic group.
However, does the tool used to track crime in the United States, Uniform Crime Reports focus on economic crimes and drug offenses while missing White Collar Crime creating a biased view of criminal activity in the states? In this third installment of Jenkins and Jenkins, sister and brother debate this issue. Click Here to Play.
Overcoming a National Birth Defect
During a recent interview on public television, Dr. Condoleezza Rice divulged to journalist Belva Davis that her first political affiliation was Democratic, not Republican. However, like her father Dr. Rice switched from Democrat to Republican later in her life.
Raised in the heart of the south during the Civil Rights era Dr. Rice witnessed first hand what she describes as this country’s struggle to overcome “its birth defect of racial inequality.” She was close friends with one of the young black girls killed in the infamous bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Undeterred by such challenges, Dr. Rice became the first African American women to hold the office of Secretary of State, makes one wonder then is the Republican Party the best for black Americans.
This fourth broadcast between Jenkins and Jenkins brother and sister discuss the advantages or disadvantages to being or voting Republican while black. Click here to play mms://220.127.116.11/1497370/jaj4.mp3
Moderator’s Note:At Rhesa’s request I am adding this moderator's note correcting a transposition in names of the policy she cites in response to my questions: Enterprise Zones is the Reagan era policy, Empowerment Zones is the Clinton area naming of the same policy. In addition, the acronym CETA stands for Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA).
According to criminal justice experts, the nation’s Supreme Court enables law enforcement officers to decide independently whether to use deadly force or not. Prompted by the recent instance of deadly force in Ferguson, MO, brother and sister examine the circumstances that warrant use of lethal force in addition offer suggestions to move Beyond Ferguson. Click to play. Or use the link below.
"If I ignore them (biases) and believe that I’m acting without them, without looking at them andtesting that I’m not, then I could unconsciously or otherwise, be led to be doing the exact thing I don’t want to do…” Justice Soto Mayor
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Furthering Cultural Aptitude through the Study of Unconscious Bias.