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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.

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

Yes, All Women. All the Time.

emilie m. townes taught me the importance of lament. Well before we can envision solutions to whatever the it is, we have to know what the it is. We have to let ourselves grieve the broken. We have to name the wrong. We have to specify, testify and willingly dwell in the real of the … Continue reading

One Thing I Hate About Parenting

I hate finding out later about that thing that happened at school. That thing that had a tenor and tone that suggests it was one of those moments when one of those itty-bitty, inside, innocent and vulnerable parts of your child got smooshed. Maybe just a little, but smooshed nonetheless. And deep down, or maybe less … Continue reading

One Little Perfectly (Obvious) Amazing Question

We’ve been fighting song #19 ever since we got Mickey Mouse’s greatest hits CD. No matter how quickly we hit “skip” when song #18 is over, I should have known it was inevitable we’d lose at some point. But when I heard our five year-old singing “one little, two little, three little indians” my heart … Continue reading

Returning….

That picture isn’t of me. It’s just a picture of what I wish I looked when I’m doing crow pose. The (totally unannounced) hiatus I took from this blog in the last four months had nothing to do with stepping back to re-work it and now returning to announce a new and improved website. It … Continue reading

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