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    Jennifer Harvey is a yoga-obsessed writer, educator and parent interested in how social structures shape us and how we can transform ourselves into people who create more just, compassionate social structures. She is passionate about racial justice, the problem of whiteness, queer life, community and spirituality.
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The Feathers Came to My House . . .

Here’s something we do during the winter months: have elementary kids make construction paper menorahs. In stronger curriculums we do this while teaching them some history of the Jewish people and something about Jewish traditions. Here’s something we don’t do: have these kids make construction paper yarmulkes to wear home. Now some of us may … Continue reading

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What Did You Say About Race Today?

We’re holding our breath. At least, I’m holding mine. Any minute the jury will announce its verdict on whether or not Darren Wilson will be tried for killing Michael Brown. As we wait, let us not forget what a verdict actually is in this country: something that has long had little to do with whether justice has … Continue reading

The Wrong Question

Questions are some of the most powerful tools we have. The way you ask a question, or what question you ask, has the power to shape what comes next. Questions can control a conversation: closing down certain possibilities, opening up others. I ask my young daughter: “What did you do at school today?” She looks … Continue reading

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Re-blog: For Whites (Like Me), Who Are Pissed. We Are Not Ignorant.

Originally posted on formations. // living at the intersections of self, social, spirit.:
I debated the “pissed” of this title. I realize it’s not nice. And I didn’t want to alienate readers who might be put off by it. (Like my mom. Sorry, Mom.) But “mad,” “angry,” even “outraged” just don’t capture it. So it’s “pissed.”…

No More “Reconciliation” Talk

This post is mostly for other white Christians. It’s not about what we should all be doing today in response to what’s happening in #ferguson and dozens of other cities today. Nearly two weeks into this spreading eruption there’s so much powerful and precise writing out there now on that, that not a one among us can possibly … Continue reading

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Hands Up. Don’t Shoot.

This past weekend, Michael Brown – another young and unarmed black man, was murdered. By the police. In response, his community of #ferguson, Missouri responded en masse. The predominantly African American community has taken to the streets and given voice and body to the shared grief, indescribable outrage, and deep wounds suffered by African American … Continue reading

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It mattered today

Renisha McBride’s life mattered. The way she died mattered. And, the man who murdered her was just found guilty. This murder was a tragedy. Nothing about it is worth celebrating. But in the wake of the ongoing despair that sets in when we actually name it: the epidemic of deadly violence against women and men of color … Continue reading

Doc McStuffins is Black.

She’s African American. Kids know it—and not just kids of color. White kids know it too. And boys know she’s a girl. And that is all awesome. Doc McStuffins is a crossover hit ($500 million in sales last year). Her “blockbuster sales” suggest she’s adored not only by African American girls, but by girls and … Continue reading

I Don’t Feel Bad About Being White, 2

Parent, teacher, activist, religious folk, and anyone else reading, Two questions for you: Are you white or do you have white people in your life? Have you ever thought it was important to develop your (or your students’ or child’s): ability to express emotions? or nutritional habits? or intellectual understanding? or general capacity for ‘–x–’ [fill in blank] by … Continue reading

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I Don’t Feel Bad About Being White, 1

It’s strange to have to claim it: “I don’t feel bad about being white.” But claim it I must. The weird and sad fact is that there’s an all too familiar experience among those of us who are white and trying to figure out how to be anti-racist allies. At some point most of us … Continue reading

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