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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Damascus Road in the Mennonite Press

Damascus Road in the Mennonite Press

Here’s a look into the history of Roots of Justice/Damascus Road, and the work that remains to be done. A reminder that this work is indeed about the long haul. It’s a journey – won’t you come along? http://www.themennonite.org/issues/16-11/articles/Beyond_tokenism

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