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Change Only Happens When We Come Together

A visit to the Museum of Tolerance and to 3 World's Cafe taught us that change only happens when we come together.

Growing up in a low-income community, it's easy to see first-hand what the effects of prejudice really look like. We have neighborhoods and schools that are still segregated, gang violence, and we live in food deserts. It feels like no one cares about our suffering and that people who have more are fine with our communities being this way. And when you turn on the news, you only hear that we are lazy, violent, and uneducated. They say we're a menace to society. This week, spending time at the Museum of Tolerance on Los Angeles' Westside and at 3 Worlds Cafe in South Los Angeles made us reflect on how the kind of hatred that created the Holocaust affects our community today.

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Ethical Style: Should You Really Wear That 'Ethnic' Print?

Fashion, like American culture, ought to be a multicultural melting pot. Unfortunately, the fashion industry is overwhelmingly run by white people.

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Civic Pride Makes People Happier Than Ethnic Pride

It turns out that the more inclusive your politics, the happier you'll be.


Patriotism looks different depending on how you spin it. It can create a fascist, racist monster, or it can be a symbol of justice and independence. The difference, according to a new global study published in Psychological Science, is the source of the pride in question. The study found that people who love their country for its laws and institutions, rather than its lineage, are happier.

The researchers surveyed 40,677 people from 31 countries to draw a distinction between ethnic pride, which stems from racial and religious affiliation, and civic pride—how the government functions. They found that the proudest ethnic nationalists' happiness barely surpassed that of people with the lowest level of civic pride, and that civic patriots' well-being was higher overall. One possible reason? Ethnic nationalists are less content to begin with, and therefore more likely to participate in racist and xenophobic behavior. Or, says one of the scholars, Matthew Wright, "more likely to lead the charge as their nation diversifies around them."

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