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

By |December 21st, 2015|

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 […]

White People, Racial Fear, and Microaggressions

By |November 18th, 2015|

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 […]

A Love Letter to a White Anti-Racist

By |October 16th, 2015|

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, […]

The Stench of Privilege

By |September 12th, 2015|

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, […]

3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, and a Personal Realization

By |August 17th, 2015|

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, […]

Why I didn’t choose spiritual initiation over racial awareness

By |July 9th, 2015|

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 […]

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

By |July 2nd, 2015|

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 […]

Multicultural Teaching Institute 2015

By |January 10th, 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 […]

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 […]