This winter was, by far, the worst winter I can remember. It started early, it snowed a lot, and it lasted into May. This winter pushed me close to my tipping point. When I got in my car yesterday afternoon, rolled down the windows and opened up the sun roof in my car, the temperature… Continue reading On Tipping Points and Justice
Dear Students, What’s good! I hope this letter finds you all doing well. As you have all experienced I try to reflect often or, as some of ya’ll say, to get “deep” and “to get in my feelings.” Well, this letter was motivated by one of those times. I have been thinking a lot about… Continue reading Open Letter to My Students
I was recently the guest on an amazing program focused on eco-socialism. Talked about whiteness, capitalism, hip hop, and a whole bunch of other things. Check it out! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ecosocialisthorizons/2013/04/17/ecosocialist-horizons
In February, white students at Hopkins High School, members of the ski team, held what they called “Rappers Day,” which became known as “Ghetto Spirit Day,” in celebration of an upcoming trip. It consisted of students dressing up as “gangstas” including: wearing do-rags, gold chains, sagging pants etcetera. This has garnered attention because two students… Continue reading Hopkins High’s Ghetto Spirit Day
Brad Paisley and LL Cool J, an unlikely duo to say the least, recently released the song “Accidental Racist” in which they attempt to ease racial tensions. They surmise that the issue is one of emotion, specifically people’s feelings regarding slavery. Paisley states: “Our generation didn’t start this nation And we’re still paying for the… Continue reading Still, Accidentally Racist
Recently Rick Ross has demonstrated the seemingly unfathomable reach of rape culture. In his featured verse Ross states “Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.” My students had just covered the Steubenville rape case in their Morality class so this seemed like a great opportunity to further address the issue at hand: Rape Culture. Following the lead of activist and organizer Rosa Clemente my students decided to respond to Rick Ross. The ideas expressed are entirely the students as well as the planning and execution of the video. I simply provided the cell phone camera.
ON WHITE STUDENT UNIONS Ryan Williams-Virden March 20th 2013 For my mental and emotional health I try not to follow the news coming out of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Yet, yesterday, I couldn’t avoid one particular story. On Friday, March 15th, members of the White Student Union at Towson University challenged a speaker from… Continue reading On White Student Unions