3 weeks ago

Irshad Manji
Spending this Fourth of July with my friend Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who, at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, offered to loan his pocket Constitution to Donald Trump. (It might’ve been the only loan offer that Trump ever rejected. 😉)The next year, Khan spoke at a U.S. citizenship ceremony. He ended with Ronald Reagan’s description of the shining city on a hill whose walls, if there are to be any, have open doors for those with the courage to get there.Happy Independence Day to independent thinkers — everywhere. ✌🏽 ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

Irshad Manji
This is kinda fun… I’ll soon appear on Canada’s version of “The View” — it’s called “The Social.” I’ll be taking some of the most taboo questions that people have about identity, justice, and anything else that’s deemed forbidden by the thought police. Why do this? I learned a long time ago that if people aren’t permitted to ask questions freely, then walls of suspicion go up. That’s not the way to defeat prejudice. That’s the way to *stoke* it.So, what are you busting to ask? Post your burning q below. 🔥 Or, to remain completely anonymous, email your q: [email protected] ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Irshad Manji
After 15 years of teaching, researching, writing, and innovating, I’m stoked to announce that my team and I have launched Moral Courage ED, the no-shaming alternative to anti-racism programs in K-12 schools.Our one-of-a-kind online course is called, “Diversity Without Division.” It guides high school teachers to cultivate inclusion in an effective, joyful, and unifying way. (Yes, it’s possible! 😳) See the fun preview below... Please share this video with all the educators in your life. Let’s stop labeling, start humanizing, and laugh with each other again, shall we? 👊🏽 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Irshad Manji
Nothing I’ve ever done on PBS has gotten as much response as my latest interview for Firing Line with Margaret Hoover. She asks: Can cancel culture be replaced by Moral Courage? My answers point the way to diversity *without* division. People, it seems, are ready for that message.Enjoy. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

Irshad Manji
The brilliant Bret Weinstein and I had a great conversation on his Dark Horse podcast. He talks me off the (metaphorical) ledge. Does humanity deserve to survive? Yup, we go there... ... See MoreSee Less
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Because Love (Poem)
Because Love (Poem)

posted on: February 14, 2021

Over this past year, I've had heartfelt conversations with friends and family. Those conversations have helped me crystallize three of the biggest mistakes that human beings make when we turn loving relationships into competitions about who's right and wrong. I've...Continue reading ...

The 9-Year-Old Grinch and the Muslim Who Saved Christmas
The 9-Year-Old Grinch and the Muslim Who Saved Christmas

posted on: December 24, 2020

When I was growing up in Canada, ho-ho-ho was a no-no-no — not because my parents said so, but because I did. At nine years old, I challenged my family's decision to put up a Christmas tree. The twinkle and...Continue reading ...

“I will never understand…”
“I will never understand…”

posted on: November 30, 2020

On November 4th, then again on the 5th, 6th, and 7th, I heard from friends around the world. They wanted to know one thing: How in the hell could so many Americans (at last count, 72 million) have voted for...Continue reading ...

The Star-Spangled mask
The Star-Spangled mask

posted on: November 14, 2020

I'm a Canadian who's been teaching leadership in the U.S. for almost 15 years. Yet this is the first election cycle in which I've been labeled a "foreigner" and told to stop "meddling." It happened more than once, each time...Continue reading ...

Diversity Dilemma #3
Diversity Dilemma #3

posted on: October 30, 2020

This is the third installment of a special series that I've contributed to "Modern Mentor," a podcast that explores what helps and hinders success in the workplace. If you've read the first and second installments, you know the context of...Continue reading ...

Diversity Dilemma #2
Diversity Dilemma #2

posted on: October 16, 2020

Welcome to the second installment of my series for "Modern Mentor," a podcast that explores what helps and hinders success in the workplace. In this post, I'll explain why we should avoid the kind of diversity that slices and dices...Continue reading ...

Diversity Dilemma #1
Diversity Dilemma #1

posted on: October 01, 2020

"Modern Mentor," a podcast that explores what helps and hinders success in the workplace, invited me to address several dilemmas that professionals experience when trying to practice diversity without being divisive. The catch? I'd have to address each dilemma in...Continue reading ...

Can democracy survive without religion?
Can democracy survive without religion?

posted on: September 17, 2020

In most of the world today, organized religion is being rejected. More and more young people are flipping the bird to theological authority, even in Muslim countries! At the same time, those who abuse political power appear to be filling...Continue reading ...

When corporate diversity programs are like chicken wings
When corporate diversity programs are like chicken wings

posted on: September 06, 2020

In America's transactional culture, workplace diversity often amounts to slapping labels on individuals. Professionals wind up being packaged like products. They're crammed into prefabricated molds ("Black woman," for example) and get showcased to make the company look cutting-edge. Emphasize look....Continue reading ...

AMERICA IS CHANGING. THE LEFT SHOULD, TOO
AMERICA IS CHANGING. THE LEFT SHOULD, TOO

posted on: August 16, 2020

Let's face it: For all our gushing about diversity, many advocates of it hold a hefty slice of America in contempt. We assume that Republicans despise difference, that Trump voters are lodged in a backward past, and that they plan...Continue reading ...

Never Again? It’s Happening Again — This Time, to China’s Muslims
Never Again? It’s Happening Again — This Time, to China’s Muslims

posted on: July 31, 2020

Imagine that millions of people of one faith, one heritage, and one community are being targeted by their government. Imagine that these people are being rounded up by the hundreds of thousands and forced into so-called "re-education camps," where they...Continue reading ...

SHAMING WHITE PEOPLE WILL NOT END RACISM
SHAMING WHITE PEOPLE WILL NOT END RACISM

posted on: July 22, 2020

Last year, an organization that promotes dialogue invited two authors to hold a "respectful exchange" about racism. I was one of them. The other was Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility. I accepted the invitation. DiAngelo declined. And that was...Continue reading ...

LIFE LESSONS 101
LIFE LESSONS 101

posted on: July 15, 2020

How do you avoid being manipulated -- whether it's by family, friends, bosses, politicians, or media pundits? You must always remember: If you don't have a vision for your life, someone else will have an agenda for it. I taught...Continue reading ...

LADY LIBERTY’S STRANGE STORY, AND MY STRANGER CONNECTION TO IT
LADY LIBERTY’S STRANGE STORY, AND MY STRANGER CONNECTION TO IT

posted on: July 04, 2020

What you're about to read is a journey -- and I launch it with the most famous line in the U.S. Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are...Continue reading ...

How #BLM Can Surprise its Detractors
How #BLM Can Surprise its Detractors

posted on: June 04, 2020

For most kids in America, the school year is coming to a close. But the civics lesson has only just begun. With protests against police brutality sweeping the nation, there's a lot to learn about how to be effective, engaged...Continue reading ...

Yes, And…
Yes, And…

posted on: May 10, 2020

In work and in life, one of the scariest things to do is negotiate with someone who disagrees with you. It takes moral courage to start, and sustain, that conversation. When I teach this skill, a crucial part of my...Continue reading ...

HEALING DOESN’T MEAN CHEERING UP
HEALING DOESN’T MEAN CHEERING UP

posted on: April 24, 2020

I teach courage for a living. Over the course of  20 years, I’ve researched, studied, written, filmed, and spoken about the skills needed to exercise “moral courage,” which means doing the right thing in the face of fear. For all...Continue reading ...

YOU WIN BY NOT STRIVING TO WIN
YOU WIN BY NOT STRIVING TO WIN

posted on: April 08, 2020

Bruce Lee, the martial arts master, would teach his students to "be like water." What he meant was, water always gets to where it needs to go -- even in the midst of obstacles. Water doesn't demand that those obstacles...Continue reading ...

Constructive Conflict
Constructive Conflict

posted on: March 02, 2020

Increasingly, I’m speaking at colleges and universities about the hottest topic going: how to achieve diversity and inclusion. Most educators see diversity as a matrix of skin colors, genders, religious affiliations and sexual orientations. But diversity is also about airing...Continue reading ...

MARTIN LUTHER KING: GUTSY GLOBAL CITIZEN
MARTIN LUTHER KING: GUTSY GLOBAL CITIZEN

posted on: February 03, 2020

On MKL Day 2020, I had the honor of speaking from the very pulpit that the man himself once did -- at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The Rev. Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Martin and Coretta, invited me to...Continue reading ...

Divorcing courageously
Divorcing courageously

posted on: January 14, 2020

Without a doubt, it was the wrong thing to do. And I knew it. I did it anyway. “You think you can bulldoze anybody,” I sneered at her. “Nobody calls you out on your behavior, so you feel entitled to...Continue reading ...

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