What is this holiday, Thanksgiving? Listening to Indigenous people tell their history, I wonder why so much US history is presented as a fairytale to white children. What preschool, kindergarten, or primary grade school doesn’t paint over the realities of cultural decimation and exploitation with a white wash of supremacist benevolence that invited some fabled…Read more »
What makes silence so powerful? Why do we find it more comfortable to stay quiet? Most importantly, why is our comfort the goal? Racial acculturation divides and then subjugates those we deem as others. Further, this acculturation separates us from the problem of racism by denying our perpetuating culpability. Silence is the weapon we were…Read more »
This post is intended as a glimpse into dismantling white supremacy acculturation, and the discomfort that process requires. If the term white supremacy is reserved for those individuals and groups who display repulsive racist views, what term is used to identify the effects of white supremacy acculturation on the rest of us? Why do we…Read more »
I wrote this post in the hope that my experience may strike a chord with other white people who are working to dismantle their own racist acculturation. That it happened, goes without saying; how exactly it happened is what I’ve been trying to unpack for quite a while. Here, I’m going to relate two facets…Read more »
She said not to turn away, when we became uncomfortable. The work will make us feel that way. I agreed. I’d heard and understood that message over a decade ago, at a UPenn workshop. I watched folks turn away then, when the work became difficult- when it challenged us to think about who we are.…Read more »
Being the grandmother of three black boys – who will soon become three black men – has changed me. Racial injustice is no longer a discussion or research topic; it now defines my anti racist role, so that my grandsons will be safe and respected by society.I’ve been evolving just as my understanding of what…Read more »
All my life I couldn’t wait to get old, but I figured that living in a culture that worships youth, my anticipation of being a senior citizen wasn’t a very popular perspective to share with others.