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?”

Systems of Oppression (Liberals) Meet Moral Responsibility (Conservatives)

Ok, so I went down the conservative rabbit hole with the news media. And then I went back to the liberal press to recover. What follows is an honest attempt to make sense of the divergence. Bear with me! A great article in the Atlantic (January 2021 after the coup) ended with this story andContinue reading “Systems of Oppression (Liberals) Meet Moral Responsibility (Conservatives)”

Anti-Asian American Violence

Jason L. Riley is a Black opinion columnist writing for the Wall Street Journal. His recent column “‘White Nationalism Isn’t American Minorities’ Biggest Problem” starts with these words: ““End the violence toward Asians,” said the promotional fliers. “Let’s unite against white nationalism.”” What he talks about in the column is that most of the violenceContinue reading “Anti-Asian American Violence”

Authenticity Begins with the Breath

I think that white supremacy hardens the hearts of white people so much, that when we get into diverse spaces we put up our defenses and hide behind the lie of meritocracy. On the other hand, social justice is not a thought experiment. As we begin this blog, let us remember that authenticity begins withContinue reading “Authenticity Begins with the Breath”

BLM is Not the Opposite of White Supremacy

I think that the debates from yesterday were incoherent, and it was disturbing to see how much discourse has devolved in the US, and furthermore, how much people are relying on narratives and frameworks that can be summed up by the decision to name or not name white supremacist groups, and also the decision toContinue reading “BLM is Not the Opposite of White Supremacy”

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”

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”

W.E.B. du Bois and Booker T. Washington

I am reading The Souls of Black Folk, which was published in 1903 by W.E.B. du Bois. I am learning a lot, and I am also remembering how he came across for me when I was a student learning about him when I was in fifth grade. I will share that with you now, thoughContinue reading “W.E.B. du Bois and Booker T. Washington”