A debate often arises about white people who wish to have a positive impact on racism: How much time and energy to spend on self-study vs. action? Howard Eagle, for one, is often challenging me/us to stop the navel-gazing self-discovery and move into ACTION. Of course, he's right. As one Black woman said in a… Continue reading “Why All This Self-Examination?”
I was talking recently with a white acquaintance, a man who has consistently sought to convince me that when it comes to racism, he’s clean: not a racist thought, loves all equally, knows some very nice Black people, etc.. We were talking about the G.I. Bill post-WWII. I mentioned that while white G.I.’s were able… Continue reading Unpacking a White Mind
Have you noticed the recent image-alteration occurring in white supremacist circles? One of our subscribers suggested a post focusing on this latest P.R./makeover campaign. I agreed, but this post will be more about you and me than about them. In the wake of last year’s Charlottesville disaster, the public image of the white supremacist, neo-Nazi… Continue reading Why Do We Love To Hate White Supremacists?
What was the single recorded instance in which the U.S. Air Force intentionally dropped bombs on United States citizens? In 1900, an enterprising Black man, Ottawa Gurley, purchased 40 acres of land on the edge of Tulsa OK. He established a very successful grocery store and began selling or renting property to other Black families.… Continue reading Black Wall Street – and Rochester
“I don’t need you to be nicer to me. I need you to believe me when I tell you what I’m up against every day. I need you to see your part in that. And I need you to fix it!” she told me. This Black mother of two was talking about the shortcomings of… Continue reading Beyond Behaving Better