Monthly Archives: August 2009

Wake up call…

By |August 24th, 2009|

The phone rang at 6:30 this morning. I knew who it was. There’s only one person who calls me this early. My student, former student, who is currently working as a seasonal, migrant worker at a food processing plant in Wisconsin. I’ve known him since he was 13. He’s 19 now. I taught him for […]

The Destruction of a Movement, Sinking into Privileged Despair

By |August 22nd, 2009|

In the scheme of things it’s a small thing, really. There’s so much that comes together to subvert and destroy what is an essential movement to develop…white people coming together en masse to work toward racial justice. But, I just bumped into myself again, and came face to face with one aspect that I don’t […]

Dis-ease in the white community

By |August 17th, 2009|

“I have an uplifting view of the world. Racism has become unacceptable in our society. We have outlawed discrimination and more and more people are transcending race. In fact, race has no biological reality.”I used to speak using this language. I know plenty of people who still describe their approach to race this way. Admittedly, […]