White People: Talk to Your Kids about Racism

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 Air is Too Thick to Breathe

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

From My Professor, Covid-19 and Oppression

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

Oppression – My Story About Being Female

I remember the first time I was sexually violated. I was 13 years old and just out of middle-school. While I was “in love” with a boy in my 8th grade class, I had no idea what sex was. I do not recall ever having a “sex-ed” class at school. As far as my young mind was concerned, sex was kissing a boy with an … Continue reading Oppression – My Story About Being Female

“Oppression” – Jimmy Santiago Baca

What does it mean to be meaningfully self-aware? And, how can I incorporate meaningful self-awareness in my daily routine to ensure I am practicing anti-oppressive behavior? “People see what they are socially cued to see.” My ask to myself is to not succumb to my social cues; to not take the easy road for the sake of its ease. Instead, my ask to myself is … Continue reading “Oppression” – Jimmy Santiago Baca