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The Brilliant Strategy of White Supremacy

Let me see if I understand this correctly… Our nation’s white supremacy complex works tirelessly to oppress and destroy Black Americans through slavery, Jim Crow, “law enforcement,” and mass incarceration/war on drugs, resulting in endless generational cycles of economic, educational, employment, environmental, health, lifespan, trauma, and voting disadvantages…and then labels these same Black Americans as […]

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Communication to Elected Official Regarding COVID-19 Relief (Updated, Sept. 2020)

Feel free to use as much of this drafted communication as you would like, and customize to fit your needs and intended audience. Dear _________, Thank you for your service to our city/county/state/district/country. I’m reaching out to you regarding the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on some of my most vulnerable fellow constituents. Black people are […]

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What Lies Beneath the “6 Ps”

In an earlier post, I wrote about the “6 Ps” that have always and continue to drive racist thoughts, words, and actions in the United States: the Promulgation of Policies that enable the Power, Prosperity, and Prestige of those with white Privilege. Since writing that post, through continued learning, mindfulness practice, and reflection, I’ve honed […]

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Documenting My White Privilege

For white people, one of the most important foundations of racial justice work is recognizing and accepting one’s existing white privilege. White privilege, once embraced as a dynamic, constant reality in American life, is not something to feel defensive or guilty about. More helpfully, awareness of privilege can cultivate gratitude–and the will to extend privileges […]

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Love and Rage

Love and Rage: the twin oaks that live and branch within me and have done so for five decades. Love that expresses itself with the transparency of a glass of fresh water. Rage that bubbles up like a volcano reemerging from its long, cold slumber. I’m grateful for the former and fearful of the latter, […]