Dear Organizational Leaders:

[Here is a letter I sent to multiple organizations today.] Asian Americans are being attacked from multiple races and their mistreatment is often neglected or minimized. I hope you are crafting or will craft a statement as an organization regarding the Anti-Asian American violence of the past year, and in particular from yesterday. Here isContinue reading “Dear Organizational Leaders:”

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”

Integrity and its Relationship to Antiracist Morality

I was just reading an amazing article in the journal called Providence on integrity and moral instruction. This post is about why antiracism has the impact it has on the people who practice it. It’s about what makes us tick. And why sometimes compromise is necessary. This Christmas I gave my garbage man $100 asContinue reading “Integrity and its Relationship to Antiracist Morality”

Why It’s Terrible but Not Awful that Trump was Acquitted

It’s hard to find one’s way in the political landscape nowadays. We are finally free of certain twitter feeds that have dominated the news and the political scene and it seems like a good time to refocus. It is time to reassess where we are. Of course, the previous president was acquitted at his impeachmentContinue reading “Why It’s Terrible but Not Awful that Trump was Acquitted”

Pivoting Rather than Retreating in the Work

I’m not gonna lie. Today hurt real bad. I’ve been writing about anti-racism and anti-oppression work a long time, and have been an anti-racist practitioner in the classroom for longer. I’ve trained people in restorative justice. I’ve consulted with school districts, universities and businesses. I study a lot, break bread with multi-cultural communities and haveContinue reading “Pivoting Rather than Retreating in the Work”

COVID-19 and kids… What if we cared this much about the environment?

I had a disturbing thought yesterday: what if people care more about this than the world we’re leaving for our kids because, unlike global warming, this impacts older decision makers and the economy and the lives of the elderly. I’m glad that we’re having the response that we’re having – this is, indeed, an emergency.Continue reading “COVID-19 and kids… What if we cared this much about the environment?”

A Best Read of 2019: “Ethnographic Thinking: From Method to Mindset,” by Jay Hasbrouck

This book was written for business by a local author and it was at my favorite local bookstore (Three Trees Books in Seahurst, WA) and it really helped me navigate difficult conversations around race, ethnicity and organizational change in 2019 (the book itself was published in 2018). A lot of the challenge for me overContinue reading “A Best Read of 2019: “Ethnographic Thinking: From Method to Mindset,” by Jay Hasbrouck”

In Defense of Mothers

The mother cult in Western culture. The thing is that this “cult” is damaging to so many women and it places a great burden on all of society. Not only are mothers put down as responsible for everything that their children do or say, and thereby a huge burden is being placed on mothers andContinue reading “In Defense of Mothers”

Teaching Race? Consider the Poetry of John Beecher

Fire by Night -John Beecher This is one of my favorite poems, and I first read it a little more than a year ago now at a poetry conference on Vashon Island in Washington State. There is a lot that my literary training taught me that I could bring to bear on this short poem,Continue reading “Teaching Race? Consider the Poetry of John Beecher”

Equity Training: “It was like being told I was naked and not being offered clothes.”

Part 1: The Problem The hardest thing I am finding is the pain of being misunderstood when people have not studied race and gender as much as advocates have. I remember when people would say something I did or said was racist or heterosexist and I positively knew that it wasn’t my intention and IContinue reading “Equity Training: “It was like being told I was naked and not being offered clothes.””