Why the Handshakes Matter: The Violence of Whiteness in the Classroom

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

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

The Trojan Horse of Unity: how the Seahawks betrayed justice.

Sunday the Seattle Seahawks locked arms in a sign of unity during the National Anthem. Leading up to their demonstration (if you can even call it that) many leaders of the team took to social media and implored folks to #BuildABridge. This was all in response to Colin Kaepernick and the handful of players such… Continue reading The Trojan Horse of Unity: how the Seahawks betrayed justice.

Bob Kroll Thinks BLM is a “Terrorist Organization” and He is Right.

Bob Kroll called Black Lives Matter a terrorist organization. I suppose he is right. To Kroll and his ilk Black Lives Matter must be a terrifying thing. And, you know what, maybe folks need to be terrified. Today the Department of Justice did what we all knew they would do: declined to press charges in… Continue reading Bob Kroll Thinks BLM is a “Terrorist Organization” and He is Right.

Choosing Our Humanity: Cody Nelson and the Confederate Flag

“I may not be from the South, or never been down there, but I stand with the South and their belief” Those are the word of high school senior Cody Nelson who was told he can not fly the Confederate Flag from his car while it is parked in the school parking lot. Cody is… Continue reading Choosing Our Humanity: Cody Nelson and the Confederate Flag

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