Keeping History Alive and Making America Great Again

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

Why America Shouldn’t Execute Dylann Roof

Don’t get me wrong, I have zero compassion for Dylann Roof. I am not a pacifist nor am I even opposed to Dylann Roof losing his life. I am, however, 100% against the United States of America executing him. If the jury that found Roof guilty in December of all 33 charges he faced for… Continue reading Why America Shouldn’t Execute Dylann Roof

An Open Letter to the Alt-Right

It’s taken me some time to process your rise. On one hand I’m not surprised at the support your platform has received. On the other, though, I thought that the 21st Century required a bit more sophistication than your rhetoric, especially after 8 years of the first Black president. It’s hard for me to really… Continue reading An Open Letter to the Alt-Right

The 11th Hour: reflection on racial justice work with white folks

When I read the post my stomach dropped. I could feel my chest tighten, forcing me back in my chair. I must have read it three times before my next breath. Maybe it was the precision with which it cut to the heart of the matter. Maybe it was the fact that somebody else—somebody who… Continue reading The 11th Hour: reflection on racial justice work with white folks

Bernie Won’t Save You: reflections on Trump opposition, SPPS, and whiteness

“Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.”~ Franz Fanon This weekend Donald Trump’s campaign hit a new low. After months of implying that strong-arming and inflicting violence on folks who are protesting his hate would be welcomed, he got what he had been asking for. First, one… Continue reading Bernie Won’t Save You: reflections on Trump opposition, SPPS, and whiteness

Donald Trump and Choosing Sides: reflections on calling in and calling out

The rise of Donald Trump as a legitimate contender for the presidency has created, among a great many other things, the space for white folks to try to distance themselves from other white folks; for them to be the “good” white person ( if this is new to you that’s ok, here, here, and here… Continue reading Donald Trump and Choosing Sides: reflections on calling in and calling out

“Daddy What are You?”: thoughts on white skin and Whiteness

I know the day is coming. It won’t be tomorrow, but it is coming. Some day, relatively soon, my daughter is going to ask me what I am. She is going to notice that I am a lighter shade of brown than her mommy. She is going to ask me if I am White. She… Continue reading “Daddy What are You?”: thoughts on white skin and Whiteness