Calling All White People, Part 43: Lessons unlearned even in the face of COVID-19

By Average White Guy | March 27, 2020 | 1 Comment

Calling All White People, Part 43 (A periodic attempt to mobilize white people for something other than supporting just other melanin-deficient folks and maintaining a status quo of a nation geared toward whiteness as the baseline and the norm) By An Average White Guy TODAY’S EPISODE: What COVID-19 teaches us is how little we learn … Read more

Patterns are predictable but we can overcome them

By Samuel James | March 21, 2020 | 3 Comments

I do not believe in inevitability. I think very few outcomes are completely unavoidable, but I do believe in patterns. We all behave in patterns, personally as well as culturally, but I also believe these patterns change frequently. We see it all the time. People change the way they eat. They leave toxic relationships. They … Read more

Racism, solidarity, and COVID19

By Heather Denkmire | March 16, 2020

“Capitalism and poverty have killed more people,” a friend of mine said, when I told her I was scared by the realities of the coronavirus. I knew what she meant. (I also know her well enough to know she included racism in with capitalism and poverty). So, while it’s certainly true that capitalism, racism, and … Read more

Lessons from a virus: The political is personal…and the empire is crumbling

By Shay | March 10, 2020

We are living in interesting times and I don’t mean that in a good way. This new coronavirus is spreading across the globe and here in the United States, it is safe to say that the current administration is uniquely unqualified to handle the threat that COVID-19 poses to our citizens and to our very … Read more

Bernie vs. Biden probably won’t end well

By Samuel James | March 8, 2020

So, it’s down to Bernie and Biden. As of this writing, Biden is the front runner by a small margin, which may be enough to beat Bernie. A lot of people think that Bernie’s anti-establishment views are the things shooting him in the foot right now. Ezra Klein said it best, “If you treat voters … Read more

Reparations matter and are relevant (and doable) now

By Guest Poster | March 5, 2020

Today’s offering is a guest post from Kathryn Terry of Reparations Roundtable™, a group of white and white- presenting folks dedicated to the educational and direct giving aspects of reparations work (for more on her and the group, see info at the end after my usual giving/support blurb). – BGIM I am a reparationist. A … Read more

Not everyone’s cup of tea

By Shay | March 2, 2020

“I find myself disagreeing with much of the content and becoming agitated, when I had hoped to become more educated. This just isn’t working for me.” – exit survey of now former BGIM patron I started writing about race back in 2003, back when writing about race as a non-academic was far, far less of … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 42: If only you didn’t misbehave we wouldn’t have to oppress you

By Average White Guy | February 29, 2020

Calling All White People, Part 42 (A periodic attempt to mobilize white people for something other than supporting just other melanin-deficient folks and maintaining a status quo of a nation geared toward whiteness as the baseline and the norm) By An Average White Guy TODAY’S EPISODE: You brought it all on yourselves, they say    … Read more

The science argument is a two-edged sword

By Samuel James | February 24, 2020

Every time I see a white liberal and a white conservative having an argument, inevitably the liberal will say something along the lines of, “Well, I believe in science!” If this is one of your go-tos, stop it. You don’t believe in science. You believe in “science.” You talk like every time curiosity strikes you … Read more

The costs of awakening, or support BGIM Media

By Shay | February 21, 2020

I am going to keep this short and sweet: If this site is valuable to you, and you have the financial capacity, please become a monthly patron or make a one-time gift today.  It’s been a year since I last directly reached out and asked supporters to support the site; though I do post semi-regular … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 43: Lessons unlearned even in the face of COVID-19

By Average White Guy | March 27, 2020 | 1 Comment

Calling All White People, Part 43 (A periodic attempt to mobilize white people for something other than supporting just other melanin-deficient folks and maintaining a status quo of a nation geared toward whiteness as the baseline and the norm) By An Average White Guy TODAY’S EPISODE: What COVID-19 teaches us is how little we learn    [To find other installments of “Calling All White People,” click here] As the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 continues to relentlessly march across the face of the Earth afflicting ever more people with the disease COVID-19, one of the biggest takeaway lessons for me is seeing how little people are willing to learn—from the past, from adversity or from both. I mean, there’s the part about people still calling it the coronavirus as if it’s the only one out there, and the flu we deal with each and every year hasn’t always been a coronavirus itself that mutates on a regular basis and stays with us. I know “novel” as in “new” isn’t common parlance in the general population—for most people...

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Calling All White People, Part 43: Lessons unlearned even in the face of COVID-19

By Average White Guy | March 27, 2020 | 1 Comment

Calling All White People, Part 43 (A periodic attempt to mobilize white people for something other than supporting just other melanin-deficient folks and maintaining a status quo of a nation geared toward whiteness as the baseline and the norm) By An Average White Guy TODAY’S EPISODE: What COVID-19 teaches us is how little we learn    [To find other installments of “Calling All White People,” click here] As the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 continues to relentlessly march across the face of the Earth afflicting ever more people with the disease COVID-19, one of the biggest takeaway lessons for me is seeing how little people are willing to learn—from the past, from adversity or from both. I mean, there’s the part about people still calling it the coronavirus as if it’s the only one out there, and the flu we deal with each and every year hasn’t always been a coronavirus itself that mutates on a regular basis and stays with us. I know “novel” as in “new” isn’t common parlance in the general population—for most people … Read more

Patterns are predictable but we can overcome them

By Samuel James | March 21, 2020

I do not believe in inevitability. I think very few outcomes are completely unavoidable, but I do believe in patterns. We all behave in patterns, personally as well as culturally, but I also believe these patterns change frequently. We see it all the time. People change the way they eat. They leave toxic relationships. They … Read more

Racism, solidarity, and COVID19

By Heather Denkmire | March 16, 2020

“Capitalism and poverty have killed more people,” a friend of mine said, when I told her I was scared by the realities of the coronavirus. I knew what she meant. (I also know her well enough to know she included racism in with capitalism and poverty). So, while it’s certainly true that capitalism, racism, and … Read more

Lessons from a virus: The political is personal…and the empire is crumbling

By Shay | March 10, 2020

We are living in interesting times and I don’t mean that in a good way. This new coronavirus is spreading across the globe and here in the United States, it is safe to say that the current administration is uniquely unqualified to handle the threat that COVID-19 poses to our citizens and to our very … Read more

Not everyone’s cup of tea

By Shay | March 2, 2020

“I find myself disagreeing with much of the content and becoming agitated, when I had hoped to become more educated. This just isn’t working for me.” – exit survey of now former BGIM patron I started writing about race back in 2003, back when writing about race as a non-academic was far, far less of … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 42: If only you didn’t misbehave we wouldn’t have to oppress you

By Average White Guy | February 29, 2020

Calling All White People, Part 42 (A periodic attempt to mobilize white people for something other than supporting just other melanin-deficient folks and maintaining a status quo of a nation geared toward whiteness as the baseline and the norm) By An Average White Guy TODAY’S EPISODE: You brought it all on yourselves, they say    … Read more

The costs of awakening, or support BGIM Media

By Shay | February 21, 2020

I am going to keep this short and sweet: If this site is valuable to you, and you have the financial capacity, please become a monthly patron or make a one-time gift today.  It’s been a year since I last directly reached out and asked supporters to support the site; though I do post semi-regular … Read more

The audacity of whiteness, or How I was trying to mind my own business

By Shay | December 28, 2019

Despite my years now as an anti-racism writer/speaker and non-profit director, the moments when I encounter casual racism can still at times take my breath away. While I prefer to look more deeply at systemic racism and how we can move the needle on inequity, the reality is that systems are made up of people. … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 40: Goodbye, ally…Breaking up is sometimes necessary

By Average White Guy | December 15, 2019

Calling All White People, Part 40 (A periodic attempt to mobilize white people for something other than supporting just other melanin-deficient folks and maintaining a status quo of a nation geared toward whiteness as the baseline and the norm) By An Average White Guy TODAY’S EPISODE: It’s not you, it’s me…wait, no…it’s you   [To … Read more

This is a business and a mission, not a performance

By Shay | November 29, 2019

I am a professional. I am a small business owner. And I am a human being. Why do I feel like I need to say these things? Because of a comment sent to the previous post here at the BGIM Media site, which literally had nothing to do with the actual piece written by Samuel … Read more

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