Monthly Archives: December 2014

Ferguson, Eric Garner, Unconscious Bias, and Witnessing Whiteness Dialogue Groups

By |December 23rd, 2014|

There has been no shortage of words spoken and printed on the primary subjects of this piece. I offer my voice now to highlight some of the important messages I received.First, Sandy Banks describes findings from a highly respected Stanford researcher, Jennifer Eberhardt, which highlight that deep, subconscious stereotypes exist in the majority of us, […]

Straight Vanilla: White Culture and its Flavor

By |December 22nd, 2014|

“My life is straight vanilla,” a friend once said to me during a catch-up phone conversation. There wasn’t anything to report. No adventure, no excitement. She considered her life boring and has since alluded to a diffuse and pervasive sense of meaninglessness. She didn’t see her life as having flavor, culture, or spice. As I […]