Sells' Racist Comments and Apology

"Rock Bridge High School Football Fields" seem sufficient to me.

Commodifying our public school facilities with the names of living people is just pathetic. Wayne Sells has both some intellectual and historical maturing to do. He neither understands the Black Lives Matter movement nor the historical and ongoing political protest against serial police brutality.

The message from our community needs to be "Racism is UnAmerican"

This ridiculous conflating of kneeling to demand justice as somehow an offensive gesture to veterans is a bunch of made-up gobbledygook out of white ignorance and fear. Until Sells recognizes the racist ideas he is propagating are contrived from his own socialization based on ignorance and white racial resentment, he’s incapable of apologizing.

What should happen is authentic recognition and acknowledgment of his racist ideas, alongside authentic public atonement and reconciliation. His response (that blasphemous letter) was self-centered, petulant and arrogant; and altogether irrelevant. He needs to sign up for some Black Studies, Women and Gender Studies classes at MU! Hell, even Sociology will undo historical misinformation. Kristin Kopp teaches a fabulous class in the Spring called the History of Blacks in Germany.

The message from our community needs to be Racism is UnAmerican. Mr. Sells believes Black Americans should not protest or demand any kind of justice. This is a sickness that forgiveness and apologies can not cure. It requires action on behalf of the person with racist ideas and antiracist white people who need to hold him and his insufferably racist friends accountable. In the name, honor, and memory of Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsberg I pray...

Referenced or Related Articles

McKinney, R. (Sep 16, 2020). Columbia schools move to rename football field after ‘racist’ Facebook post. Columbia Tribune

McKinney, R. (Sep 17, 2020). Sells asks to remove his name from Rock Bridge field in apology letter. Columbia Tribune

Pettigrew, J. (Sep 17, 2020). Local donor sends apology to CPS for explicit Facebook post. The Missourian.

Staff (Sept 16, 2020). Wayne Sells sends letter to CPS on possible renaming of Rock Bridge High School football field. ABC 17 News

Post Image: Dakow, J. (Sep 18, 2020). Welcome to BLM Field. The Missourian.

Guest Post: Biases

Source: Cyndi Smith Frisby. This blog was copied from a Facebook thread excerpt dated 9/9/2020. Shared with Permission.

Confirmation Bias
What It Is: The tendency to selectively search for, interpret, and recall information that confirms one’s pre-existing beliefs. These beliefs persist and get stronger even when presented with contradicting evidence.

Example of Confirmation Bias: A study in the journal Political Behavior gave people mock news stories, each of which contained a provably false yet widespread claim made by a political figure. Then, researchers inserted a correction after each piece of misinformation, and measured the rates of change in belief. Largely, people tended to believe the misinformation even more strongly after reading the correction.

Why It Matters: Once we form an incorrect belief about a topic or a group of people, it can be difficult to change our thinking based on data and research. This results in social actions and behaviors that are not based in reality.

THE IMPORTANT IMPLICATION IS "Studies show that it's possible to disrupt prejudice when we acknowledge we have biases, want to reduce its impact, and are given specific ways to do so. In the workplace, this means owning up to our biases and being an agent of change for the organization." YOU MUST ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR BIASES!

What It Is: The tendency to rely too heavily on the first piece of information received, with subsequent judgments adjusting around the first data point.

Why It Matters: The incorrect messages we passively receive early in life about groups of people can be difficult to correct consciously later in life because they are ultimately adjusting from the anchor, which limits accuracy."

Attribute Substitution
What It Is: The tendency to substitute an easier but inaccurate judgment in place of a more complex judgment requiring more energy.

Example of Attribute Substitution: A study published in the journal Social Cognition showed that when shown pictures of unknown faces, people tended to say that more attractive faces were familiar to them, mistaking the "warm-feeling" that comes with viewing attractive faces with the one that comes with recognition.

Why It Matters: When evaluating people for hiring, it can be easy to substitute the way the person looks, speaks, or where they went to school for things like competency or trustworthiness. This can lead to deserving people getting left behind and companies missing out on talented workers.

Correspondence Bias
What It Is: Drawing conclusions about someone's character from their behavior without considering situational factors that may influence their behavior.

Example of Correspondence Bias: In a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, people were shown two essays, one that was pro Fidel Castro and another that was anti Fidel Castro. The first group was told that the author could defend any side he wanted, while the second group was told the author could only defend one side. As expected, the first group inferred that the author had strong pro or anti Fidel Castro sentiment based on the essay. Unexpectedly, the second group made the same, albeit weaker, inference even though they were told the author was coached.

Why It Matters: When we see inequality and attribute it to the personal failings of a particular group without considering relevant external issues, we can unfairly blame people for their misfortunes.