“I, John Brown, am now quite certain, that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away, but with blood.” – John Brown Saturday marked the 158th anniversary of John Brown’s execution. The passionate and dedicated abolitionist believed that logic and moral arguments would not end the practice of slavery, that only… Continue reading A Requiem for John Brown: road map for 21st Century Abolition
On Saturday night 40-year old Justine Damond called 911 to report a possible assault. When Minneapolis police showed up and met Justine in the alley it ended with her being shot and killed by Mohamed Noor a Black, Somali-American police officer. The aftermath of the tragedy has many struggling to make sense of the situation.… Continue reading Are we listening now?
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
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
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
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