When Condemning Hate, Avoid Broad Stereotypes

Don’t assess an entire group based on its most extreme representatives. The principle, in brief, is this: Avoid stereotypes. This should be adopted as a universal “best practice” in how we view and assess others, yet too often it is applied...

Avoiding Unbalanced Stereotypes from News Hot Spots

Waco, Texas, made national news again due to violence. This central Texas town of around 125,000 people is, unfortunately, more widely known due to violent incidents that have happened. Anyone unfamiliar with Texas or Baylor University likely knew little about Waco...

When You Meet a Stranger, Who Do You Really See?

My foreign-born accent gives me away in America like some characters in the Old Testament – those who were caught as spies because they could not pronounce some words in the proper dialect. Being an immigrant in the United States for more than 50 years, and having...

Sweep Away Palestinian Stereotypes: Part Two

In January 2008 I received an e-mail from a distraught former student informing me that Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid, a Christmas gift she had given her grandfather, was dismissed as a misguided treatise and unfair criticism of Israel. A...