How do we really break the patterns?

By Heather Denkmire | September 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

[An evergreen reminder: I am a white woman writing about racism so I might share with other white people what I learn—mostly what I learn from people of color—so we can all work toward societal transformation and liberation.] In the car this morning, my 10-year-old and I started listening to NPR’s podcast, “Code Switch: Race … Read more

We Black people shall use the N-word as we please, thank you very much

By Shay | September 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

There are few things that white people in general seem to like as much as policing the actions, behaviors and speech of Black people. Be Black and have a BBQ in the park…or take a nap in the common area of the university you attend…or try to enter your own apartment complex…or swim in a … Read more

Moving white people from navel-gazing to anti-racism

By Shay | September 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

“I will suggest that declaring whiteness, or even ‘admitting’ to one’s own racism, when the declaration is assumed to be ‘evidence’ of an anti-racist commitment, does not do what it says. In other words, putting whiteness into speech, as an object to be spoken about, however critically, is not an anti-racist action, and nor does … Read more

Distractions, eh? Really, now

By Samuel James | September 5, 2019

One more word about distractions… Trump will do something racist and then push through some kind of backdoor policy. The standard reaction to this is, “Don’t pay attention to the stuff he says!” Fuck. That. First of all, the idea that the best thing to do would be to ignore the most powerful man in … Read more

Bringing my ‘day job’ work to Northern New England: Join us!

By Shay | August 25, 2019

In the five-plus years, since I became executive director of Community Change Inc. (CCI), I have had readers ask if I would consider bringing some of our programming north of Boston. Because, while our training and development work is nationally relevant, most of our programming ends up local to the Boston area as our staff … Read more

We white liberals need to face our internalized racism

By Heather Denkmire | August 20, 2019

As a white liberal/progressive, my racism is complicated. Everything in my background has always been about being not-racist. I’ve asked former high school classmates if they remember ever hearing the N-word or overtly racist things, and as far as anyone can remember, we didn’t. I certainly never heard such things in my family. Our cultural … Read more

Guns and white supremacy: Regulating one won’t end the other

By Samuel James | August 12, 2019

Right quick: If you are looking to end white supremacy, regulating guns is not the answer. Yes, obviously, guns should be highly regulated, but white supremacy is not contingent on the legality of guns. If you could go back in time and erase guns from this country’s history, Black Wall Street would still be gone. … Read more

From ‘Where are you from’ to ‘Go back where you came from’

By Shay | August 11, 2019

White America has always been very good about telling people they don’t belong, since before there was even a United States of America. Let’s face it: This country started with colonists and then expansionists telling the Indigenous People who had been here for millennia forming societies and mastering agriculture and art and more that they … Read more

Being made “not to belong”

By Moises Nunez | July 29, 2019

A couple of years ago, one Saturday night I was called—as I often was—by the security company that monitors my former school. As an administrator, specifically an administrator that lives less than five minutes away, I was the one they called when the alarm went off. It was never anything serious but I responded every … Read more

The Ouroboros that is racial (and religious) dog whistles

By Samuel James | July 21, 2019

Do you wonder why Obama hasn’t endorsed Biden yet? Before I answer that, lemme lay some groundwork… As you probably remember, most of the racist attacks against President Obama weren’t directly attacks on his skin color. Racists are too milquetoast to do that. A good portion of that racism was aimed at Obama’s supposed religion, … Read more

How do we really break the patterns?

By Heather Denkmire | September 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

[An evergreen reminder: I am a white woman writing about racism so I might share with other white people what I learn—mostly what I learn from people of color—so we can all work toward societal transformation and liberation.] In the car this morning, my 10-year-old and I started listening to NPR’s podcast, “Code Switch: Race and Identity, Remixed.” We’re eagerly awaiting the next installment of the “1619 Project” podcast and Rebecca Nagle’s “This Land” and have already listened to Seeing White two or three times. We’ve been on a search for a podcast we can get into. We started from the beginning of Code Switch and agree we’re really happy we found it. Part of my racial justice work is a daily consideration of how to be white in a way that doesn’t depend on the oppression of others. That is, how can I break free from “whiteness?” The first episode of Code Switch mentioned that issue—white people figuring out what it means to be white. In her recent post on this blog, “Moving white...

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How do we really break the patterns?

By Heather Denkmire | September 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

[An evergreen reminder: I am a white woman writing about racism so I might share with other white people what I learn—mostly what I learn from people of color—so we can all work toward societal transformation and liberation.] In the car this morning, my 10-year-old and I started listening to NPR’s podcast, “Code Switch: Race and Identity, Remixed.” We’re eagerly awaiting the next installment of the “1619 Project” podcast and Rebecca Nagle’s “This Land” and have already listened to Seeing White two or three times. We’ve been on a search for a podcast we can get into. We started from the beginning of Code Switch and agree we’re really happy we found it. Part of my racial justice work is a daily consideration of how to be white in a way that doesn’t depend on the oppression of others. That is, how can I break free from “whiteness?” The first episode of Code Switch mentioned that issue—white people figuring out what it means to be white. In her recent post on this blog, “Moving white … Read more

The Ouroboros that is racial (and religious) dog whistles

By Samuel James | July 21, 2019

Do you wonder why Obama hasn’t endorsed Biden yet? Before I answer that, lemme lay some groundwork… As you probably remember, most of the racist attacks against President Obama weren’t directly attacks on his skin color. Racists are too milquetoast to do that. A good portion of that racism was aimed at Obama’s supposed religion, … Read more

Calling All White People, Part 36: Media is complicit in white supremacy

By Average White Guy | July 18, 2019

Calling All White People, Part 36 (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: The media help prop up white supremacy and racist … Read more

Will we settle for Trump’s world or fight for a more wonderful one?

By Moises Nunez | June 25, 2019

“If you can believe it, Abraham Lincoln was treated supposedly very badly. But nobody’s been treated badly like me.” – Donald Trump (ABC NEWS, 2019) “Life doesn’t work that way.” – Donald Trump (ABC NEWS, 2019) “These white folk have newspapers, magazines, radios, spokesmen to get their ideas across. If they want to tell the … Read more

We Black people shall use the N-word as we please, thank you very much

By Shay | September 12, 2019

There are few things that white people in general seem to like as much as policing the actions, behaviors and speech of Black people. Be Black and have a BBQ in the park…or take a nap in the common area of the university you attend…or try to enter your own apartment complex…or swim in a … Read more

Moving white people from navel-gazing to anti-racism

By Shay | September 8, 2019

“I will suggest that declaring whiteness, or even ‘admitting’ to one’s own racism, when the declaration is assumed to be ‘evidence’ of an anti-racist commitment, does not do what it says. In other words, putting whiteness into speech, as an object to be spoken about, however critically, is not an anti-racist action, and nor does … Read more

We white liberals need to face our internalized racism

By Heather Denkmire | August 20, 2019

As a white liberal/progressive, my racism is complicated. Everything in my background has always been about being not-racist. I’ve asked former high school classmates if they remember ever hearing the N-word or overtly racist things, and as far as anyone can remember, we didn’t. I certainly never heard such things in my family. Our cultural … Read more

Being made “not to belong”

By Moises Nunez | July 29, 2019

A couple of years ago, one Saturday night I was called—as I often was—by the security company that monitors my former school. As an administrator, specifically an administrator that lives less than five minutes away, I was the one they called when the alarm went off. It was never anything serious but I responded every … Read more

Raising kids of color in very white places

By Shay | May 21, 2019

For the last several years of my marriage, while we never doubted  that there was love between us, we were uncomfortably aware that there was something deeply amiss in our relationship. We spent our last few years together doing everything in our power to keep the relationship going until it became painfully obvious that love … Read more

Actions I take (as a white woman) to help dismantle white supremacy

By Heather Denkmire | April 12, 2019

[An evergreen reminder: I am a white woman writing about racism so I might share with other white people what I learn—mostly what I learn from people of color—so we can all work toward societal transformation, liberation.] “What actions do we take to help dismantle white supremacy?” I asked my nearly-10-year-old to help me brainstorm … Read more

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