How to interrupt whiteness

Have you ever asked yourself, ‘How can I interrupt whiteness?’. I used one method this morning that you can do from your couch. As I scrolled through TikTok, I came upon an older white man’s video where he was saying something to the effect of: sometimes it’s better to keep the peace than argue your…Read more »

healing humanity

“You’re fighting for your humanity, not your ability to save me from your inhumanity.”@desireebstephens, TikTok creator The black creator was talking specifically to white people, when she used those words to wrapped up her post about the work that needs to be done. Starting the work doesn’t mean acting as a white savior, conversely it’s…Read more »

Each and every one of us

White supremacy isn’t the shark. It’s the water. Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre In the wake of the horrific assault perpetrated on innocent, hard working, loving, community supporting, Black people in Buffalo recently, I’m reminded to keep my eyes open to reality. Unfortunately, racial acculturation will have many white people focus solely upon that despicable murderous…Read more »

Tucker Carlson is hate

Tucker Carlson is the embodiment of hate. He broadcasts his carefully cultivated seeds of hate. He tends to his hate crop, assuring it thrives and grows strong. He harvests and mills his hate, then feeds it to his followers. Fox News provides the broadcast for the hate that is Tucker Carlson, sending hate out to…Read more »

Proximity to black people

As white people, we can’t just declare ourselves to be non-racist or unbiased. The mere desire to be without racial bias doesn’t have the power to undo our racism acculturation. Additionally, unconscious bias and racism aren’t erased by having black friends or relatives. The “my sister’s husband is Black, so I can’t be racist” is…Read more »

Interrupting whiteness

When white people are presented with racist comments, while in the presence of all-white groups, whose responsibility is it to speak for those not present?  To dig a little deeper, what restricts white people from speaking up for those not present, when racist comments are made? White privilege asserts itself in many places, but especially…Read more »

White people’s work

She said not to turn away, when we became uncomfortable, that the work would make us uneasy. I agreed. I’d heard and understood that message over a decade ago, at a UPenn diversity workshop. I watched as folks turned away then, when the work became difficult- when it challenged us to consider our privilege in…Read more »

The insidious nature of silence

Why do so many white people stay silent in the face of racism? Racial acculturation keeps white people from acting to dismantle white supremacy by denying our perpetuating culpability. Silence is one weapon we have been acculturated to use. Although thought to be benign, or even polite, silence serves as the very foundation in sustaining…Read more »