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Category: Opinion

I’m Done Debating Racism With the Devil

Maya Rupert explains why this tact is counterproductive in combating racism.  “White people are an absolutely crucial component in the discussion and actions that must take place in order for concrete progress to occur, particularly in the current political climate….

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What are we letting go of in ‘Letting Go of Literary Whiteness’?

Carlin Borsheim-Black and Sophia Tatiana Sarigianides, authors of Letting Go of Literary Whiteness: Antiracist Literature Instruction for White Students, explain the shift in perspective needed for true, anti-racist literary instruction. “A critical focus on Whiteness . . . helps us to…

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Dear White People: About Botham Jean, Forgiveness, Justice, and Cheap Grace

Rev. Dr. Karyn Carlo, retired New York City Police Captain turned preacher, teacher, and theologian, reflects on the sentencing of Amber Guyger for the murder of Botham Jean.  “We don’t have to think about the thousands of lynchings, unjust crucifixions,…

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Don’t Talk about Implicit Bias Without Talking about Structural Racism

Kathleen Osta and Hugh Vasquez of the National Equity Project emphasize that “making progress on equity will require us to both mitigate our own biases and change structures.”  In addition to numerous examples, Osta and Vasquez describe three keys processes…

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Denying Racism Supports It

Charles Blow notes that while many white Americans believe that that using the label “racist” is too often unwarranted, “[r]acism is actually under-identified and labeled in America.  And, I believe that too many of our white neighbors are choosing to…

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