If you watch the superbowl…

If you watch the superbowl…

If you are watching the Superbowl today, during one of the commercial breaks, watch this 2 minute spot instead. The creators didn’t have the funds to actually air it during the game. I’ll add that I’m a bit uncomfortable with some of the images (a brief scene from Dances With Wolves to illustrate “Sioux” – not
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New Report: Moving the Race Conversation Forward

New Report: Moving the Race Conversation Forward

RaceForward (formerly the Applied Research Center and publisher of Colorlines) has released a report which analyzes conversations about race in the “mainstream” media (Surprise! The mainstream doesn’t talk much about systems!), describes seven harmful racial discourse practices, and features case studies of attempts to change this harmful discourse. They invited Jay Smooth to do a quick
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The Indigenous Nelson Mandela

The Indigenous Nelson Mandela

I just came across this fine post (on Racism Review), a month of so belatedly, about how Nelson Mandela’s indigenous culture is whitewashed in Western media. Here’s a quote: Madiba’s indigenous identity and ideas have, as is always the case, been whitewashed to invisibility. His constant references to the beauty, importance and identity marker of
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This Is What I Mean When I Say “White Feminism”

This Is What I Mean When I Say “White Feminism”

This Is What I Mean When I Say “White Feminism” Parsing out the term “white feminism,” beginning with this: Every single time women of colour talk about “white feminism” or “white feminists” within the context of discussions about the way that the mainstream feminist movement privileges whiteness, we deal with an onslaught of defensive white
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The “Santa Clausing” of MLK

The “Santa Clausing” of MLK

ROJ Trainer Conrad Moore offers his reflections as we approach the MLK holiday. This is the first of what we hope will be regular, or at least occasional, video offerings on the blog and our new YouTube channel.

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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