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September 11, 2016
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Does Patriotism Equal Racism?

September 11, 2016 18:02 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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The questioning of the suitability of The Star-Spangled Banner as the National Anthem is nothing new in American history. Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has refused to stand in honor of the flag that he believes is a symbol subjugation. His actions have reignited lingering questions regarding racism and patriotism. [More]

July 19, 2016
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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The Fruit is Still Strange: Racism in the United States

July 19, 2016 08:00 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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In 1938 Abel Meerpol, who was white and Jewish, wrote a poem entitled “Strange Fruit”. He added music in 1939. When Billie Holiday sang it at Cafe Society in Greenwich Village, which was the first integrated club in New York, it became a passionate and disturbing anthem for the Civil Rights movement. The “Strange Fruit” referred to the lynchings of black men in the South. [More]

March 25, 2016
by Megan Lundgren, LMFT

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Does Political Discourse Have a Place at the Dinner Table?

March 25, 2016 17:33 by Megan Lundgren, LMFT

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Trump. Sanders. Clinton. Cruz. The fervor and fright around these presidential hopefuls is rapidly intensifying as the nation approaches Republican and Democratic conventions this Summer. Divisive topics are often discouraged in polite dialogue due to the relational conflict they may promote, as noted by the old adage, “Never talk about politics or religion at the dinner table.” However, new research sheds light [More]

March 13, 2016
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Machismo and the GOP

March 13, 2016 21:29 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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What is a political party to do? In the beginning Donald Trump’s run for the presidency was considered with amusement. It was common to hear The Donald brag, threaten, promise and ridicule. He appeared to be the kind of individual to avoid in an argument — he only believes in himself. [More]