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The Mandate of Living a Spiritual Life: Work to End Surplus Suffering

While at a family gathering nearly two decades ago, I challenged a conversation between my father and a family friend, both white men in their late 40’s. That evening, these men spoke of their common wish to retire to Mexico, where life would be considerably cheaper. I initially sat in stunned silence, having just recently […]

Grounding – The Philosophical Foundation for Living in the Tension

When I began writing the first draft of Living in the Tension I figured I should explain to the reader about my own spiritual philosophy and how it influences my approach to racial justice. So I wrote all that down as a first chapter.  Later I realized that it stood out from the main text […]

A Review of “Living in the Tension” from Lucky Altman Lynch

With much nervous anticipation, last month I packaged 20 envelopes, each with a pre-production copy of my new book, Living in the Tension: The Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice, inside the envelop. Along with the book was a letter asking the recipient to provide me with feedback as well as my hope that the […]

Unmasking Whiteness 2016 – Registration Open

AWARE-LA will offer its 8th annual workshop series on building white anti-racist practice and community in an intensive 4-day institute designed specifically for white people from Thursday, August 4th through Sunday, August 7th, 2016. The event will take place on the downtown Los Angeles, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Doheny campus.

We limit this group to approximately […]

By |February 24th, 2016|anti-racism, AWARE, racial identity, unmasking whiteness|0 Comments

Dialogue Scenes on Race for Schools’ Professional Development

This is an alert about a set of dialogue scenes that provide school communities with tools to guide discussion among administration, faculty, and staff about common, destructive interaction patterns and attitudes arising from 1) white privilege, 2) internalized superiority, and 3) unresolved emotions.

This set was inspired by requests from many educators (over several years) who […]

By |February 19th, 2016|anti-racism|0 Comments

Racing into the Future (2016), by john a. powell

john a. powell is a legal scholar, civil rights activist, and all-around brilliant human being. Here are some words from him, delivered via a mass e-newsletter as we approached 2016, that are worth deep consideration and sharing. Take some time with this. It’s worth it, as these words frame the crux of what our society […]

By |January 24th, 2016|anti-racism, racial identity|0 Comments

“Tell me how to make my class racially inclusive! Don’t you have a list?”

Earlier this month I led a workshop for teachers who want to create inclusive classrooms and avoid microaggressions. It didn’t go well, at least not for me. Part of the problem is a rather common situation: As the facilitator, I arrived with a broad framework to support teachers’ long-term knowledge, skill, and capacity building around […]

By |December 21st, 2015|anti-racism|0 Comments

White People, Racial Fear, and Microaggressions

Successful activist efforts by students of color have occurred as students at hundreds of campuses across the nation advocate for change. See stories from the University of Missouri, Claremont McKenna, Occidental College, Dartmouth, and Yale, just to name a few.

In the midst of these empowering actions, media outlets have also been covering a debate about […]

By |November 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Love Letter to a White Anti-Racist

I recently attended a presentation by Chris Crass, a powerful speaker, activist, and community organizer. I have followed his work for over a decade and we agree on issues (privilege, structural racism, community building, organizing white people, etc.), so I figured I knew exactly what to expect. In the final minutes of his speech, though, […]

By |October 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Stench of Privilege

We’ve got another heat wave on our hands in Los Angeles, one that brought the stink of privilege to my awareness.

The other night as I was sitting in direct aim of a standing fan, trying to keep cool, I found myself sniffing around me and wondering, what is that smell? Was it my dog? Nope, […]

By |September 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments