Racism in America (and on this site)

MalcolmX posterRacism is alive and well in America. But for white people it is mostly hiding in plain site.

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Why Does White Supremacy Persist?

White Supremacy SaluteWhat is it that continues to drive white supremacy forward in the United States? Robert Jensen, in his little book, The Heart of Whiteness, explains...

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  1. The Heart of Whiteness (Robert Jensen, 2005, City Lights Publishers).
  2. Desmond Tutu

I'm a white guy living in SE Portland - recently migrated from the music industry to web development and political activism. I love my neighborhood, hanging with my grandson and cooking with my sweetie - then trouncing her at board games.

What is White Fragility?

I am a white woman. I am standing beside a black woman. We are facing a group of white people who are seated in front of us. We are in their workplace, and have been hired by their employer to lead them in a dialogue about race. The room is filled with tension and charged with hostility.

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  1. Robin DiAngelo – International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, Vol 3 (2011)

I'm an African-American, black woman atheist and feminist. My goal is to educate others about racism, white supremacy, racial and social justice in order to exact changes in our system that will lead to true equality for all.

How to Recognize White Privilege

White Fragility posterWhite privilege is a set of advantages provided to white Americans simply for being born white. Whites have privilege regardless of whether they see, acknowledge, condone, or agree with it; it’s not a choice.

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  1. Christine Emba, Washington Post, January 16, 2016

I'm an African-American, black woman atheist and feminist. My goal is to educate others about racism, white supremacy, racial and social justice in order to exact changes in our system that will lead to true equality for all.

Trump the New Hitler?

Heiko Spoddeck - Educator/ActivistThe similarities between Donald Trump's and Adolf Hitler's rhetoric, policies, and paths to election are striking. This video points out a few of them, warning of the consequences of a Trump presidency, and asking the Electoral College to vote another president into office.

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Missing the Mark – A Prominent White Evangelical Defines Racism

Pastor Rick WarrenIn July of 2016, Rick Warren felt compelled to preach a sermon on racism at his church in Lake Forest, California. A white evangelical sent me a link to the sermon, adding, “This is a talk by Rick Warren that expresses my feelings about race very thoroughly.”

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  1. A Little Matter of Genocide, Ward Churchill, City Lights Publishers, 1998.
  2. Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations, Joe R. Feagin, Routledge (New York), 2001.

I'm a white guy living in SE Portland - recently migrated from the music industry to web development and political activism. I love my neighborhood, hanging with my grandson and cooking with my sweetie - then trouncing her at board games.

What Does it Mean to Show Respect?

Athlete kneeling during anthemAm I morally obligated to show someone respect - or to respect their opinion? Is there a difference? Is there a difference between respecting someone’s opinion and acknowledging their right to have an opinion that’s different from mine?

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I'm a white guy living in SE Portland - recently migrated from the music industry to web development and political activism. I love my neighborhood, hanging with my grandson and cooking with my sweetie - then trouncing her at board games.