In the fifth grade my teacher, Mrs. Ramacier, picked me to teach a lesson on Minnesota history to the class. I remember it because it was the first time I actually thought about becoming a teacher. After the lesson I was pretty sure that’s what I wanted to do, if I didn’t become a movie… Continue reading Why I am Going to Default on my Private Student Loans
For the last month or so there has been a great deal of energy directed at race. It is certainly a step in the right direction that these conversations are even happening, but one would be hard pressed to say these conversations have been productive. It seems, at least to me, these conversations are nothing… Continue reading Unity Over Division: becoming post-white
Today juror B29, the woman of color, broke her silence and essentially apologized for Zimmerman being acquitted. She say’s “I felt like I let a lot of people down…” and that there was “nothing we could do about it.” She even says that “George Zimmerman got away with murder.” Here is the thing, he didn’t… Continue reading Why George Zimmerman “Got Away With Murder”
“So long as you think of yourself as white, there is no hope for you”- James Baldwin I went to Northeast Regional for most of my K-8 education, but not all. For third grade and about half of fourth grade I went to Pillsbury Public School. Pillsbury was a completely different world than Northeast Regional,… Continue reading George Zimmerman and Me: Understanding Whiteness and White Supremacy
I just got back from the Hoodies Up MN march. There was so many beautiful people, so much beautiful energy. It was truly inspiring and I am honored to have been present. To be honest I didn’t expect to feel like this. I was one of those people who thought protests and demonstrations had run… Continue reading Salute to the Community
I’ve written quite a bit lately on issues pertaining to the trial of George Zimmerman. Most of the feedback has been positive; however, there has also been quite a bit of push back, most of which sounds something like this: George Zimmerman is innocent until proven guilty. Yes, in this country you are innocent until… Continue reading What Does it Mean to Presume George Zimmerman’s Innocence?
I think George Zimmerman in going to be acquitted. I think this is going to happen because the court is adhering to a racial ideology known as colorblindness. Colorblindness is the belief that it is possible to not notice a particular individual is not white. Let me be clear, this belief has succeeded in making… Continue reading How Colorblindness is going to Acquit George Zimmerman