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with Janee Woods

Charleston and the Arrogance of White Supremacy

Last week a white supremacist launched a terrorist attack against Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, via commons.wikimedia.org The next evening in Washington DC’s … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

White Privilege Is Not a Good Look

My dear white friends, someone pointing out how your white privilege might color your perspective is not the same thing as being called a racist. This can be a hard distinction … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Black Lives Still Matter

Only a few weeks ago, we released a tentative sigh of collective relief when Baltimore’s State Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced the indictment of all six police officers implicated in … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

How Reading Books Changed My Life

The boundaries of my childhood world were marked by our apartment on Chestnut Street, my elementary school around the corner, and the public library in the other direction. We existed … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Like What Matters On Facebook & How to Join the Social Justice Book & Movie Club!

What Matters is now on Facebook! You can like the page by clicking on the Facebook widget in the sidebar on this site or you can go here. I’ll still be … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

We See You, Smart Black Boys and Girls

Can I be honest with you right now? I am feeling discouraged. The killing of Black people by the police just doesn’t stop. Today, we’re mourning Freddie Gray, who was … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Resources for Becoming a Stronger White Ally

If you haven’t seen Dixon D. White’s brave and honest videos about challenging white supremacy in America then go to You Tube right away and subscribe to his channel. Dixon, a … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Lessons I Learned About Privilege From Watching Too Much Television

You may have read that recent nonsense on Deadline.com about there being “too much diversity” on television now that some roles that were written for white actors are being cast with … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

There Is No Life to Be Found in Violence

The month of March so far: we’re barely halfway through and already such madness. Cleveland, Ohio’s attorneys blamed 12 year old Tamir Rice, a black boy, for his own shooting … Continue reading

March 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

White People Making Racist Mistakes

Recently, we’ve had a slew of high profile examples of privileged white people acting like, well, privileged white people. Setting aside Iggy Azalea being willfully oblivious to her misappropriation of … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · Leave a comment
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