“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
I must have been in the 3rd or 4th grade and was just learning how to cuss. My parents had heard me and washed my mouth out with soap. I must have really internalized their lesson because a couple days later I cussed again and didn’t even wait for them; I washed my own mouth… Continue reading “Scaffold” at the Sculpture Garden Should Not Open
I was visiting with my parents the other day and checked Facebook on my phone. My mom commented that the world sure had changed since she was a kid. I thought about that for a while. Even since I was a kid the everyday experiences of young people is drastically different. I remember trying to… Continue reading The Need for Courageous Reimagining in our Schools #AnimateMPS
I was recently chosen for a fellowship dedicated to elevating the School Board race in Minneapolis. I’m looking forward to sharing with you all and building education in our city. Here is an excerpt from my first writing where I talk more about what the fellowship means to me. I believe in education. Truly, I… Continue reading #AnimateMPS
When I read the post my stomach dropped. I could feel my chest tighten, forcing me back in my chair. I must have read it three times before my next breath. Maybe it was the precision with which it cut to the heart of the matter. Maybe it was the fact that somebody else—somebody who… Continue reading The 11th Hour: reflection on racial justice work with white folks
Sunday the Seattle Seahawks locked arms in a sign of unity during the National Anthem. Leading up to their demonstration (if you can even call it that) many leaders of the team took to social media and implored folks to #BuildABridge. This was all in response to Colin Kaepernick and the handful of players such… Continue reading The Trojan Horse of Unity: how the Seahawks betrayed justice.
I want to start by being very specific about who I am talking to; this post is meant for people who look like me, those of us with white skin. Many of you woke up this morning and heard the news about Alton Sterling, the 37 year old man who was shot and killed by… Continue reading Overwhelming* Silence: White Silence and Alton Sterling