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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

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

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

Finding a New Perspective: Reconciling Privilege with Empathy

I think a lot about poverty and low-income families. Reading this report from the Children’s Defense Fund about ways to reduce child poverty made me want to do more to advocate change. … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

An Evolution of Social Justice Awareness

  I wasn’t always an activist for social justice. There was a time when I held a plum position as an attorney at a high profile law firm. And then one … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Different Kind of Justice

Punitive justice won’t bring back Michael Brown—or Eric Garner or Tamir Rice or Trayvon Martin or John Crawford. Unraveling systemic racism starts with communities, not courts. “AFTER THEIR EXHAUSTIVE REVIEW, … Continue reading

December 4, 2014 · 2 Comments