Playing the White Card

The country woke up Tuesday morning to the news that Donald Trump plans on eliminating birthright citizenship via an Executive Order. This is yet another blatant leveraging of whiteness to energize Trump’s white working class base. The violence inherent in its worldview means nothing to Trump or those that work with him. This move plainly… Continue reading Playing the White Card

Aziz Ansari and the Silence of Straight, Cis Men

I read the Babe story about Aziz Ansari and cringed. I could feel my heart start to race, my palms got sweaty, and the knot in my stomach, my no-doubt-about-it sign that my conscience is kicking in, had me taking deep breaths in my living room. I wasn’t cringing because I was disappointed in Aziz… Continue reading Aziz Ansari and the Silence of Straight, Cis Men

A Requiem for John Brown: road map for 21st Century Abolition

“I, John Brown, am now quite certain, that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away, but with blood.” – John Brown   Saturday marked the 158th anniversary of John Brown’s execution. The passionate and dedicated abolitionist believed that logic and moral arguments would not end the practice of slavery, that only… Continue reading A Requiem for John Brown: road map for 21st Century Abolition

Unmasking Whiteness: Trump, NFL, and Interest Convergence

To many, this weekend felt like a trip through the twilight zone. For months Colin Kaepernick and those he inspired endured the outrage of NFL fans who insisted they were disrespecting the military and the flag by not standing for the national anthem. Kaepernick, after meeting with Nate Boyer, modified his protest from sitting down… Continue reading Unmasking Whiteness: Trump, NFL, and Interest Convergence

Misery Loves Company: the fake community of Richard Spencer and the alt-right

  I was in the 5th grade. We were on a field trip to Minnehaha Falls and Travis wanted to “go have fun.” That was all it took. We all took off, breaking away from the group, to “have some fun.” What felt like hours later (in reality maybe like 20 minutes) we were standing… Continue reading Misery Loves Company: the fake community of Richard Spencer and the alt-right

Why the Handshakes Matter: The Violence of Whiteness in the Classroom

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

Bob Kroll Thinks BLM is a “Terrorist Organization” and He is Right.

Bob Kroll called Black Lives Matter a terrorist organization. I suppose he is right. To Kroll and his ilk Black Lives Matter must be a terrifying thing. And, you know what, maybe folks need to be terrified. Today the Department of Justice did what we all knew they would do: declined to press charges in… Continue reading Bob Kroll Thinks BLM is a “Terrorist Organization” and He is Right.