I must have been in the 3rd or 4th grade and was just learning how to cuss. My parents had heard me and washed my mouth out with soap. I must have really internalized their lesson because a couple days later I cussed again and didn’t even wait for them; I washed my own mouth… Continue reading “Scaffold” at the Sculpture Garden Should Not Open
I was in the 5th grade. We were on a field trip to Minnehaha Falls and Travis wanted to “go have fun.” That was all it took. We all took off, breaking away from the group, to “have some fun.” What felt like hours later (in reality maybe like 20 minutes) we were standing… Continue reading Misery Loves Company: the fake community of Richard Spencer and the alt-right
This last weekend I was in Kansas City at the White Privilege Conference. I spent the weekend building relationships and sharpening the tools necessary for combating white supremacy. Much of the work involves confronting the ignorance we white folks possess when it comes to the manifestations and impact of race, racism, whiteness, and white supremacy.… Continue reading Keeping History Alive and Making America Great Again
“Y’all doing the most!” “Yup, I know. Do you know why? Because we know you can do it. What support do you need from me?” At that point the conversation typically takes a whole new tone. Instead of accusatory, defensive and afraid it becomes one of concern, support, and loving accountability. I know the student… Continue reading The Cool Teacher Ain’t Really All That Cool
We used to joke that my Mom couldn’t catch a break, even the dog was a boy. There was a lot of testosterone in my house. Today, as many are celebrating International Women’s Day by participating in Day Without a Woman, I find myself reflecting on the women in my life and the ways they… Continue reading “Women Make the World Go ‘Round”: reflections and gratitude on Day Without a Woman
There are a couple videos circulating right now of teachers greetings their students as they come in the door. One is of a Black male teacher, Barry White, in Charlotte, North Carolina greeting his nearly exclusively Black students. The other is of a white female teacher, Jerusha Willenborg in Wichita, Kansas doing the same with… Continue reading Why the Handshakes Matter: The Violence of Whiteness in the Classroom
Like most of you I am reeling over Trump’s first week in the Oval Office. The final gut punch being the executive order banning refugees and immigrants from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya. This ban was ostensibly meant to make the country more safe. The Trump administration based the ban on a report… Continue reading Trump’s Ban is Whiteness doing what Whiteness does.