Category: Racial struggles

America's Slumbering Attitude Toward Discrimination Needs Wakeup After Black Yale Student, Sleeping In Common Area, Is Questioned. Day 22 of 365

Upon reading the headline, “Black Yale student fell asleep in common area and white student called police“, I knew I had to write immediately. Seriously. What. The. Hell? I recall numerous times when, as a student at the University of Illinois in the 1980s, I did the exact same thing Yale graduate student Lolade Siyonbola did. I fell... Read more »

Starbucks, Racial Profiling, Implicit Bias and White Privilege. Day 9 of 365

Yesterday, Starbucks announced plans to close 8,000 stores the afternoon of May 29th after two men were racially profiled by employees last week in one of Starbucks’ Philadelphia coffee shops. According to NPR, “Starbucks will be conducting racial-bias training ‘geared toward preventing discrimination.’ The training, according to a company press release, will be provided to nearly... Read more »

Truth? I have never watched Game Of Thrones. I don't even know what it's about. Turns out, it's a bit of a Trump trigger that I never even saw coming.

Truth? I have never watched Game Of Thrones. I don't even know what it's about. Turns out, it's a bit of a Trump trigger that I never even saw coming.
Everyone’s talking about the Game Of Thrones finale. Not me. I don’t get Game Of Thrones. I guess I don’t get GOT. I don’t know what these characters are up to, or why they wear what they do. I don’t know what the fuss is about, or why it’s so popular. Makes me feel a... Read more »
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Some Cold Ass Truth About My White Privilege

Some Cold Ass Truth About My White Privilege
My ass is cold. The bees are swarming. Not a restroom in sight. And it’s only halftime. It’s the first game we’ve played against Deerfield, and we’re already getting crushed. Scanning the bleachers, there must be, what…Forty? Fifty of us? We are parents, grandparents, and dragged-along siblings, watching two middle school soccer teams on the Evanston Township High School football field. “C’mon, boys!”... Read more »

White Privilege And Systemic Racism In Suburban America

White Privilege And Systemic Racism In Suburban America
As organizers at New Trier High School defend a day-long diversity seminar, planned for February 28th, parents and alumnae like Francesca Gazzolo, Gracee Wallach, Mia Neumann and Cookie Belknap Fernandez openly address the school’s lack of diversity. Here’s a comparison of New Trier versus its longtime rival and neighbor to the south, Evanston Township High... Read more »

New Trier Grads, Amidst Fierce Opposition, See Race As Nonpartisan Issue, Advocate For Discussion

New Trier Grads, Amidst Fierce Opposition, See Race As Nonpartisan Issue, Advocate For Discussion
As administrators and organizers at New Trier High School face fierce opposition toward its upcoming February 28th all-day seminar, Understanding Today’s Struggle for Racial Civil Rights, one vocal opposition group in particular, referring to itself as Parents of New Trier, created this website with the tagline, “Because New Trier’s All School Seminar Day is Biased,... Read more »
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If Trump Made An OKCupid Online Dating Profile

If Trump Made An OKCupid Online Dating Profile
DJTsexy1600 Age: 69 Washington, D.C. Basics: White, speaks English (The number one language, comprendo?), never smokes, doesn’t drink, doesn’t do drugs, and avoids taxes (More money for you, Honey. Am I right?). Education: Attended New York Military Academy, Fordham and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Religion: Presbyterian, but not important (and I’m not... Read more »

How Meryl Streep Owned Golden Globes With Class And Nailed D.J. "Bully" Trump's Pathetic Ass

How Meryl Streep Owned Golden Globes With Class And Nailed D.J. "Bully" Trump's Pathetic Ass
With thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Meryl Streep last night accepted the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. And, with characteristic poise and serenity, Streep reminded the rapt Golden Globes audience — as well as millions of viewers — that Hollywood, foreigners, and the press are... Read more »

"It really don't matter what you say...we ain't gonna believe you anyway." --Rural, Christian, White America

"It really don't matter what you say...we ain't gonna believe you anyway." --Rural, Christian, White America
This is a companion piece to The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural America: A View From the Inside (Forsetti’s Justice, Alternet, Rawstory.com, 11.22.16). I wasn’t prepared for such intense emotions upon reading the article above, in which the author stacked the longstanding, inflexible views of rural, Christian, white America like wet bales of hay — which are, ironically, known to spontaneously combust — suggesting there’s... Read more »
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Evanston Post-Election Community Meeting. What I Saw And Heard.

Evanston Post-Election Community Meeting. What I Saw And Heard.
[Earlier today, I had a pen and paper when I arrived an hour before the 3pm Post-Election Community Meeting. The observations and quotes shared here are from my personal reflections and are not intended to be taken as exact statements.] It felt like entering a memorial service, with all those hushed tones and somber faces. A hazy sun shone through... Read more »
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