If you’re a parent, this is no time to be silent with your kids. Get in front of the hard conversation about the realities of racism. We can speak to our kids in age-appropriate ways. We can be models for them. We know racial injustice exists. We wouldn’t be here if it didn’t. We must teach our children about racism. If we don’t, someone else … Continue reading White People: Talk to Your Kids about Racism
The below sermon was preached on this Sunday morning, 5/31/20, (and also posted to his blog) by my loving Brother, Pastor Todd Atkins-Whitley in Danville, CA. Whether you show up in our world as secular or religious, the words spoken matter. #blacklivesmatter This sermon was preached at Danville Congregational Church United Church of Christ on May 31, 2020 My friends—what a heart-breaking week this has … Continue reading What’s that Sound?
I have to acknowledge what happened with George Floyd in Minneapolis yesterday. He was murdered outright by White police officers who had such flagrant disregard for his humanity I was both stunned and sickened. The behavior from the officers was so cruel I akined it to what public lynching must have been like many years ago. Then, later, to see the video of the abominable … Continue reading The Air is Too Thick to Breathe
For the first nine years of my education, I attended nine different schools across two states. Always a “new kid,” I was laughed at and bullied. No one talked to me, I did not do or wear things, the “right” way or the “cool” way. Along with experiencing loneliness; I felt shame and doubt about who I was. These experiences helped shape my character as … Continue reading The Roadblocks and Guideposts to Right Now
I read a blog post this morning which provided a gentle reminder to seek the beauty in life’s imperfection. I found power in the words for myself, and I believe my children will also. They are perfectionists in their own ways. I edited and enhanced some of the writing for resonance with my children specifically and have posted both versions below. I am going to … Continue reading Imperfection
The Politico headline reads, “Coronavirus quarantines could rob poor, rural students of access to education.” My professor then asks— If a peer told you that it is simply easy to stay at home during this crisis, how would you respond? When reflecting on a graduate school class prompt from my professor I initially felt disbelief. Disbelief that there could possibly be someone in the world … Continue reading From My Professor, Covid-19 and Oppression