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3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, and a Personal Realization

The documentary 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets is important. The film opened in Los Angeles this summer, is headed for a national release sometime soon, and it has been reported that HBO will air it this fall. My recommendation is that you find out when and where you can watch this film.

Headed toward the theater, […]

By |August 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why I didn’t choose spiritual initiation over racial awareness

A friend sent me a link the other day to an article about Patrisse Marie Cullors-Brignac, recently named one of the nation’s top civil rights leaders by Los Angeles Times, a NAACP History Maker in 2015, and one of the three founders of #BlackLivesMatter. The article describes the role that spirituality plays in Patrisse’s approach […]

By |July 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Resource – White Liberals Have White Privilege Too!, by Alex Jung

It’s not like this is new…but I think this blog post (link below) could be a good resource for those of us who are trying to figure out how to talk to our white, liberal friends about race. The 10 misunderstandings described here are all too frequent, and the more we can get our minds […]

By |July 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Multicultural Teaching Institute 2015

Last June, the first (what I hope will be annual) Multicultural Teaching Institute offered me tremendous insight into how teachers at the early grades need to be aware of issues affecting transgendered students. I had no idea! So much great collaborative learning took place, it was really inspiring. This upcoming June 2015 I will be […]

By |January 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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, […]

By |December 23rd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Straight Vanilla: White Culture and its Flavor

“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 […]

By |December 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Straight Vanilla: White Culture and its Flavor

“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 […]

By |October 10th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Daily Show Does White Privilege: Differing Perceptions by Race and NY’s Stop and Frisk Policy

Finally! I had been watching, waiting, and hoping that The Daily Show with Jon Stewart would come through and handle race issues, particularly white privilege, in a way I would applaud. It finally happened during the first half of August of this year. With John Oliver having taken over for Jon Stewart for the summer, […]

By |September 2nd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Unmasking Whiteness 2013 – Space Available!

Please help spread the word to those who might be interested! Space is still available!AWARE-LA is getting ready to offer our 5th annual workshop series on building white anti-racist practice and community in an intensive 4-day institute designed specifically for white people.The institute will run from Thursday, June 27th […]

By |May 12th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Professional Development Resources for Educators

I’ve just created a new 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 the last few years) […]

By |April 6th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments