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
Much of my social media is ablaze with talk over Harriet Tubman being put on the $20 bill. As this article by Chanelle Adams over at Black Girl Dangerous highlights Black folks have a variety of feelings about this. As a white man I don’t have any desire to tell Black people how they should… Continue reading #WhiteLivesMatter: Old Hickory and the Played Out Tricks of Whiteness
The last few weeks have been a rollercoaster for folks organizing around #Justice4Jamar. On March 16th Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman announced that he would not be using the Grand jury to decide if charges would be filed against the police officers who shot and killed Jamar Clark. Not only that, he also announced that… Continue reading Surprised by Mike Freeman’s Lies? Ok, Now What?
Last night I had this Twitter exchange with Marc Lamont Hill regarding anarchists in Ferguson: Lots of people retweeted and favorited the exchange and lots of people felt like it was unnecessary blame placed on folks opposing police brutality and authoritarian rule. These people claim that this is not about race because as… Continue reading Soldiers vs Generals: on white radicals in Ferguson
Like much of the country I have been following the absurdity happening in Ferguson. I engaged in discussions around riots, I watched as the police stripped away the veil and showed the entire world the truth of what so many have been saying they were: domestic terrorists. I watched as the President gave the watered… Continue reading What does Justice Look Like?
This evening Michael Dunn was found guilty of four of the five charges he was facing. Sadly, the one count which the jury failed to reach consensus on was the most important one: the murder of Jordan Davis. Many of you will be tempted to say this was a victory because Michael Dunn will be… Continue reading An Open Letter to Whites After Michael Dunn Verdict
Liberal: believing that government should be active in supporting social and political change: relating to or supporting political liberalism I used to think of myself as a liberal. I remember canvassing for Alliance for a Better Minnesota during the gubernatorial election of 2006. While being nonpartisan it was widely understood that we supported the Democratic… Continue reading The Failure of Modern Liberalism