WHAT MATTERS

with Janee Woods

Ask an Anthropologist: Ebola Edition

Ebola continues to ravage West African countries, causing almost 5,000 deaths due to a mortality rate approaching 50% and creating thousands of orphaned children, who are now isolated and shunned by their … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

An Important Lesson White People Must Learn If They’re Serious About Fighting Racism

There’s a difference between feeling uncomfortable and being unsafe in black spaces. One month ago, the nation’s consciousness around race relations was awoken abruptly following the shooting death of Michael … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Call to Action: Support People Powered Democracy with RHIZE.ORG

Hi Everybody! I wanted to let you know about this exciting new venture I am supporting called Rhize, and its crowdfunding campaign. Rhize is a new nonprofit that is building … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Let’s be honest, we can’t be colorblind because America is not post-racial.

It is a matter of color. Photo credit: Reuters/Adrees Latif As outrage over the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri further develops—around police brutality, First Amendment rights, and memories of a Civil … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · 3 Comments

Let’s Build WHAT MATTERS Together

Wow… I am overwhelmed by the response to the first few posts for this new website.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to read and engage in meaningful … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Call to Action: Help Feed the Hungry Children in Ferguson

The public schools in Ferguson, Missouri will remain closed until at least August 25 due to the unrest in the community and out of concern for the safety of students.  The delayed … Continue reading

August 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Michael Brown Might Have Robbed A Convenience Store. That Doesn’t Matter.

When Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson finally identified Darren Wilson as the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, the police department also released surveillance camera footage, photographs and a … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · 27 Comments

Officer Darren Wilson’s Racial Identity

Darren Wilson has been identified by the Ferguson police department as the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. In the past hour I have heard conflicting statements about Officer … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · 8 Comments

Becoming a White Ally to Black People in the Aftermath of the Michael Brown Murder

As we all know by now, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenage boy, was gunned down by the police while walking to his grandmother’s house in the middle of the afternoon. … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · 345 Comments
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