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https://www.theolympian.com/opinion/op-ed/article232225627.html#storylink=mainstage “Are you gonna work for her?” asked a male coworker and fellow officer, referring to my new boss. “Will she be your boss?” asked another. When a third asked a similar question, I asked him if he had a mother. With a strange look on his face, he said, “Yes.” My reply: “Your mother …
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By David Whitfield Olympian Board of Contributors–May 01, 2019 12:20 PM https://www.theolympian.com/opinion/op-ed/article229909744.html?fbclid=IwAR23d9oMTuvFAAvjX2WQDx3L4gHKwt856w7V1hmYoRISEiCVUYZNgxVNH5c As I walked through the doors of my first integrated school in the fall of 1954, I felt naked, alone, literally horrified, ashamed. The teacher and all the students were white; the students seemed healthy, well-fed and full of laughter. I had arrived …
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https://www.theolympian.com/opinion/op-ed/article227280259.html When former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz was asked about the two black men arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks, he replied, “As somebody who grew up in a very diverse background as a young boy, in the projects, I didn’t see color as a young boy, and I honestly don’t see color now. …” And he wants …
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Impediments to Moving Toward Equity Ignorance is the first impediment to our progress to racial equity, gender equity, and educational equity. Ignorance is our number one enemy; ignorance means not knowing. If I don’t know your name, I am ignorant of your name. If I don’t know Native American history, I am ignorant of it. …
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What has happened to men?

November 30th, 2017 | Posted by David Whitfield in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Some organizations are trauma cultures for women instigated by men,  should immediately close their doors. Trump, Weinstein, Crosby, Moore, Lauer, and the like, must be held accountable for their crimes against women.  What is the suitable punishment for such men? Their apologies are weak, insincere, empty, and void of substance. Apologies for such egregious, sexual …
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While serving in Da Nang, South Vietnam, in 1968, I was approached by a Vietnamese woman with the “Free World Forces,” tears streaming, saying she’d lost her mother, her, husband, grandfather, and two of her siblings as a result of a mortar attack. She asked me to help her find plywood to repair her hutch. …
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Why does this little four-letter word keep nagging leaders? I believe it’s because most leaders don’t have the courage to engage it, don’t have the capability to discuss it, and lack the capacity to formulate strategies to resolve it. And then there are those who don’t care. As a member of the Diversity Panel for …
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I believe our national leadership is in tatters! And that’s because our outmoded, national leadership structure no longer works; it no longer works because our leaders are almost never held accountable; and that’s because they know there will be no consequences for their irregular behavior. Think about it! What if our military leaders behaved similarly …
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Our national leadership structure must make at least one dynamic change: Vetting the US President. And that’s because our structure, though designed to give us exactly what we’re getting, is dated, unproductive, and dysfunctional. The main reason is our process of vetting the Commander-in-Chief is inadequate and not sustainable. One way to improve the process …
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