There are a couple videos circulating right now of teachers greetings their students as they come in the door. One is of a Black male teacher, Barry White, in Charlotte, North Carolina greeting his nearly exclusively Black students. The other is of a white female teacher, Jerusha Willenborg in Wichita, Kansas doing the same with… Continue reading Why the Handshakes Matter: The Violence of Whiteness in the Classroom
Like most of you I am reeling over Trump’s first week in the Oval Office. The final gut punch being the executive order banning refugees and immigrants from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya. This ban was ostensibly meant to make the country more safe. The Trump administration based the ban on a report… Continue reading Trump’s Ban is Whiteness doing what Whiteness does.
I came home and had every intention of turning off for a couple hours. It was a jam packed weekend: Saturday I was at the Women’s March then sat on a panel and facilitated a circle at a community healing forum, and Sunday was my birthday. The plan was to sit on the couch, turn… Continue reading What Back to the Future Reminded me About Dealing With Trump’s America
Reality. I find myself coming back to this word, this idea. As we prepare for the inauguration of Donald Trump I find myself thinking about reality. It’s not an easy thing to think about. Reality is complex and nuanced. It’s paradoxical and fickle. It is malleable and is often contorted to fit our perceptions. The… Continue reading Reality and Resistance in Trump’s America
Don’t get me wrong, I have zero compassion for Dylann Roof. I am not a pacifist nor am I even opposed to Dylann Roof losing his life. I am, however, 100% against the United States of America executing him. If the jury that found Roof guilty in December of all 33 charges he faced for… Continue reading Why America Shouldn’t Execute Dylann Roof
I would know we were getting close when we passed the Burger King. It would be one or two more exits then the winding road for a couple more minutes and then the walls, the wires, the prison. We would pull up and I’d take a deep breath. Mom and Grandma would be talking, making… Continue reading Life Lessons vol 1
I started 2016 with a commitment to becoming a better writer and using whatever reach I had to try and move the conversation towards justice and humanity. I am committing to the same thing in 2017. In Trump’s America we are going to have to wage battles over ideas and material realities, I’m spending the… Continue reading Wrapping Up 2016 Preparing for Trump’s America