Occasionally, I’m asked this question: “What do Black people think about _________?” Fill in the blank - with anything. I won’t answer the question. One obvious reason is that I’m not Black! More importantly, the question presumes that all People of Color think alike! I’ve come to view this presumption that all Black people think… Continue reading Black Culture: No One-Size-Fits-All
The Great White Hoax: Who Told You You Were White? And Why?
I'm resurrecting a blog post from the past (slightly modified). Two reasons: I've gained several hundred subscribers who would not have seen this original post. More importantly, the content is so fundamental to understanding how we've come to this place that it bears frequent revisiting. We so-called white people have been duped, and need frequent… Continue reading The Great White Hoax: Who Told You You Were White? And Why?
For Your Consideration – and Action
I'm offering you a reflection from Michael Boucher, a white man who is highly respected in both the white activist community in Rochester, and among many Black leaders. He grapples with the challenges to us as white people, the cry to step up, to spend our selves and our privileges in the service of dismantling… Continue reading For Your Consideration – and Action
Looting: Reactions and Perspectives
Still with me? I know I need to keep writing, if only for my own sake. What we’ve seen in the actions that have followed the death of George Floyd are three kinds of participants: Protesters – People who genuinely care and want to be part of the solution. Rioters – People who are just… Continue reading Looting: Reactions and Perspectives
Dear White Sisters and Brothers
Look with me. Look at these racial “incidents” that have happened in the last week or so. See the white people acting in outrageous ways – the officer who knelt on the neck of George Floyd until he died; Central Park Karen who knew precisely how to threaten the uppity Black man who had dared… Continue reading Dear White Sisters and Brothers