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
Every year the freshman in the school I teach at read Our America. It is the story of two young men growing up in the Ida B. Wells housing projects on the South Side of Chicago. The title is powerful in and of itself; Our America implies there is more than one America. This idea… Continue reading Whose America is Celebrated? on liberty and justice for all
Racism in this country is not an easy thing to grasp. It has so many variations and manifests in so many complex ways that even attempting to make sense of it can result in a migraine. This is the stage I am at: migraine. Trying to make sense of the last week has proven to… Continue reading Paula Deen v. George Zimmerman
“Every day, every day” growing up my mother would motivate my brothers and me with this simple phrase. She got it from Mercedes, the busser, at Elsie’s Restaurant where she waited tables. It was the mantra in my family, every day you get up and handle your business. She was a waitress for twenty plus… Continue reading A (Working) Class Education
“You’re Weird” “You’re Crazy” “You’re Strange” I’ve been thinking about normal lately. What does it mean? Maybe it’s because I’ve grown up in a family that had to be more than a little tuned in to our mental health, but I have always been sensitive to ideas of normal. As I grew, I realized normal… Continue reading (Un)Normal
Recently Lou Dobbs and an all-male conservative panel freaked out. Normally this wouldn’t inspire me to dedicate any more time or effort than it took me to laugh. Today, though, it did. Lou and his panel were up in arms about the new Pew study that shows 4 out of 10 households have women as the… Continue reading Undermining The Social Order… Yes Please!
It’s funny how things intersect. Two days ago I would never have guessed I would be talking about whiteness as a verb in the context of the PGA. Yet, that is precisely what I find myself doing. On Monday Sergio Garcia threw the latest verbal punch at Tiger Woods in what has been a war… Continue reading On Fried Chicken and Active Whiteness