How you Know Bar Louie’s Dress Code is Racist

My Facebook has blown up with all different kinds of feelings about the Bar Louie dress code which bans: flat brims, athletic wear, large chains worn outside of shirt, long white T-Shirts, and sleeveless undershirts, among other things. Some folks are outraged at what they perceive as overt racism while others are outraged at the… Continue reading How you Know Bar Louie’s Dress Code is Racist

Why Barb Johnson Deserves no Benefit of the Doubt

Minneapolis City Council President Barbara Johnson made news when she expressed anger and frustration over Minneapolis’ racial equity agenda. While many have been outraged there are others who want to offer Johnson the benefit of the doubt. They claim that she is just expressing frustration with a process that might not lead to any action… Continue reading Why Barb Johnson Deserves no Benefit of the Doubt

Where did your Privilege Come From? a response to Princeton’s white kid

So the internet is abuzz once again with the musing of another knucklehead that has misunderstood the workings of race, racism, and privilege—surprise, surprise. Time Magazine recently published Tal Fortgang’s op-ed entitled “Why I’ll Never Apologize for My White Male Privilege.” In it he explains that at Princeton, where he attends school, he has often… Continue reading Where did your Privilege Come From? a response to Princeton’s white kid

Boomer Babies and Boxes

Most of my energy nowadays is spent thinking about culture, more specifically about mainstream American culture. My hope is that by concentrating on culture we can better equip ourselves with the tools necessary to create a healthier, happier, more sustainable world for everybody. There are days where I know we are winning. Then there are… Continue reading Boomer Babies and Boxes

Top of the Morning: reflections on the Irish-American experience

The weekend of St. Patrick’s Day is always an agitating time for me. Everybody busts out their green t-shirts and shamrocks, businesses whip up their green beer and best corn beef and cabbage. And everybody, literally everybody, is Irish, even if just for the short time they are out drinking with their friends. And that’s… Continue reading Top of the Morning: reflections on the Irish-American experience