Anti-Racism: Does it Really Need to Happen in Relationship?

A lot of people are wondering about whether we can be antiracist and still only interact with just white people. This is a worthwhile question. I think the answer is yes, insofar as you can work against racism within your sphere of influence and that, if you live in a rural white community, you canContinue reading “Anti-Racism: Does it Really Need to Happen in Relationship?”

The Thing About Racial Justice: We Need Proximity

I think that there is a problem in how we talk about racial justice. For my conservative friends – and for my conservative side: really reflect. Have you gone to a protest and been there bodily alongside people grieving another death of a Black person? Have you worked alongside people who speak Spanish as theirContinue reading “The Thing About Racial Justice: We Need Proximity”

Why is the Opposite of Anti-Racism not Racism but Neutrality?

Answer: We now call neutrality racist. I find it problematic that with anti-racism, the opposite isn’t bigotry but, rather, White obliviousness or neutrality – which is termed racism. Obliviousness or neutrality are part of our White supremacist structure as a society, so neutrality is structurally racist. I actually fully agree. But oblivious or neutral peopleContinue reading “Why is the Opposite of Anti-Racism not Racism but Neutrality?”

Are All White People White Supremacists?

Caucusing is necessary, but it has been called White supremacist. For those of you who don’t know, “caucusing” is basically what happens when an organization divides people into groups based on race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. to discuss their identity/identities in “like-groups.” These can also be referred to as affinity groups. The theory is thatContinue reading “Are All White People White Supremacists?”

Can we Pivot Fast Enough?

I would say that the antiracist moment is like surgery. Up to a point, it is a worthy endeavor – but not too far. Tracing the history of racism in the West and, as Ibram X. Kendi writes in the introduction to one of his books, understanding the history and origins of racist ideas inContinue reading “Can we Pivot Fast Enough?”

Jaded Disembodiment: The Shadow Side of the Book White Fragility

I think that the book White Fragility (2018), written by Robin DiAngelo, is fabulous, but I am a little alarmed that people are reading it now as their introduction into this antiracist movement. The way we have discussions around topics of race and culture changes by the week, if not by the day, and theContinue reading “Jaded Disembodiment: The Shadow Side of the Book White Fragility”

A Policy Lens for Teaching Students about Racism

Several weeks ago a reader wrote me a question in regards to my pointers on teaching about race in the classroom: “Do you think it’s acceptable to incorporate anti-racist parts of our history with other events and people who, while maybe not anti-racist, were neutral on the matter? For example, teaching kids about the racismContinue reading “A Policy Lens for Teaching Students about Racism”

Curriculum Violence

There was a classroom I was observing several months ago where the teacher showed a film on Black experience in Latin America and it actually featured people of African descent picking cotton. This was a painful moment for the African American students in the room, and it was unnoticed by the Latina teacher in theContinue reading “Curriculum Violence”

Loving Brene…

What do I love about Brene Brown? She doesn’t believe in objectivity without the embracing of one’s subjectivity. I think that once we realize that we are embroiled in the controversial topics facing education today rather than casual – or formal – observers of them, we can begin to heal and transform the world. YouContinue reading “Loving Brene…”

Culturally Responsive? Or the White Racial Frame?

“Cultural responsiveness” is a term that gets thrown around a lot and I have to say that sometimes I wonder if this doesn’t come across as patronizing to people of culturally or socioeconomically diverse backgrounds. I feel like it might if we talk about cultural responsiveness only when it comes to interacting with people ofContinue reading “Culturally Responsive? Or the White Racial Frame?”