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No Trump When Playing the Race and Class Cards

This past weekend, Roots of Justice trainers gathered in Dallas to develop a new training model to guide participants in an exploration of the ways that various oppressions intersect. So I was especially interested to hear a short (1:32) story today on NPR’s Morning Edition about how “race trumps class” in the digital divide. (The “digital divide” describes
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If only moving could insulate us from racism: Thoughts on Justine Sacco

So, if you haven’t heard, Justine Sacco, (now formerly) public relations for an internet company that owns a number of websites including The Daily Beast, offered this tweet just before boarding a plane from London to Cape Town, South Africa: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” Over the next
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Microaggressions

Microaggressions

If you’ve never heard the term “microaggression,” take a look at these links. In short, a microaggression is an individually small act that demeans, insults, or otherwise sets apart a non-privileged person. Being the target of countless microaggressions over the course of a life, week, or day, takes a very real toll. 21 Racial Microaggressions
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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

In memory of a great worker for justice. Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013.

When Uncle Jim Says Racist Things

Among many things that come with holiday season, there are those opportunities to respond to racist, sexist, or otherwise oppressive jokes and comments made by family members that you really don’t see very often. These opportunities may be more likely for white people, but not exclusively. Don’t be caught off guard! Armed with some of
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Excessive and Lethal Force: It’s Not Just Against Black Men

Excessive and Lethal Force: It’s Not Just Against Black Men

There is no shortage of high profile incidents of African American men and boys being shot and killed by while unarmed in places they have every right to be. From (and before) Emmett Till (1955) to Sean Bell (2006), Oscar Grant (2009), Trayvon Martin (2012), Jonathan Ferrell (2013), and countless others. (Twenty are reviewed at The Root.) The frequency of these murders of Black men might give
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Prepare for Thanksgiving Stereotypes and Myths

Prepare for Thanksgiving Stereotypes and Myths

It seems that once we finish dealing with racial caricatures on display for Halloween, we have the annual (U.S.) Thanksgiving-related caricatures of Native people. Rather than waiting until you need to correct the problems at your kid’s school (for those who have kids), you can be proactive in providing information about how harmful stereotypes are
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Conversation between great Black feminists, bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry

Conversation between great Black feminists, bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry

So I finally had a chance to watch last week’s 90-minute conversation between bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry, and given its length, I thought I’d jot down some general topics that they to make it easier to find, for those who want to listen again to a certain bit, or those who just don’t have time
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Confronting Ableist Language

Confronting Ableist Language

Blogger Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg posts about her struggles confronting ableist language among social justice advocates: People who are of non-normative intelligence or ability (narrowly defined) are simply considered less-than, so it’s the height of insult to call someone “stupid” or “a moron” or “a person with a low IQ.”  Most people no longer use phrases like
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Costume Flow Charts and Analysis

Costume Flow Charts and Analysis

Each of the last couple of years, Halloween time sees a number of flow charts getting passed around through social media helping people answer the question, “Is this costume racist?” These are helpful to an extent, and usually add enough humor to help them spread. But their medium limits their analysis. Jenée Desmond-Harris has contributed
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