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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.

THANKSGIVING 1 (A REPRISE)

November’s a beautiful and dangerous month. Yesterday when I opened my daughter’s backpack after school, tips of multi-colored construction paper feathers poked out . . . Momentary pause. As I pulled her construction out, I breathed a sigh of relief. It was only a turkey. But that moment made me recall a post from last … Continue reading

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Can You Say “Epidemic”?

This blog did not begin as a blog devoted to the problem of state violence or sanctioned violence against African Americans. (It didn’t even begin as a blog singularly devoted the problem of racism.) It began as a blog devoted to thinking about the connections between the self, the social and the spirit. How these … Continue reading

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Killings So Common They Don’t Have to Be Explained . . .

In the back of my mind there’s always a song or voice or quote floating around.  In the past few weeks the blend of lyrics are from Michael Jackson’s, “They Don’t Care About Us” and Sweet Honey in the Rock’s, “Ella’s Song.”  The voices include James Baldwin’s, Ruby Sales’, and Vincent Harding’s. This mash-up of … Continue reading

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What Kind of White Person Are You?

I’m thinking about Malcolm X today. Remember his famous response to the white guy in the car? The guy who leaned out his car window, grinning, and asked “do you mind shaking hands with a white man?” Malcolm X responded “I don’t mind shaking hands with human beings. Are you one?” Now, I’m not one … Continue reading

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For Whites (Like Me), Who Are Pissed. We Are Not Ignorant.

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.” We get “pissed” at someone or something. It is (or, at least, … Continue reading

WHAT WOULD JESUS DO FOR CHELSEA MANNING?

There has been much discussion about Army Pfc. Chelsea Manning this past week, with a range of responses to her actions, her sentencing, and her statement coming out as a trans* woman. (Trans* is a term meant to be inclusive of a range of gender nonconforming expressions and identities.) Unfortunately, Manning’s decision to release classified … Continue reading

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FOR WHITES (LIKE ME): GOT STRATEGY?

I have a hate/love relationship with Charlie Brown. For reasons that seem obvious to me I love the Christmas special and still miss the Great Pumpkin episode they used to air when I was a kid. But, I hate how mean everyone is to poor “Chuck.” (Yes, it took my four year-old asking why they … Continue reading

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THE ONLY WHITE KID IN THE ROOM

As a white parent committed to resisting racism, what do I want for my kids? I want my kids to know how to be the only white person in the room. I want them to know how to do this gracefully and without calling undue attention to themselves. I want them to know how to … Continue reading

FOR WHITES (LIKE ME): CLARIFYING RACE TALK

Dear Parents and Non-Parents Who Also Happen to be White, I need to clarify something in regard to my last letter (“Dear Parents with White Children”). Do Latino/a people sometimes dislike white people because they’re white? Do people of African descent sometimes perpetuate negative stereotypes about people of European descent? In an argument, might an … Continue reading

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FOR WHITES (LIKE ME): white paradox

One of the most brilliant poems ever: For the White Person Who Wants to Know How to be My Friend The first thing you do is to forget that I’m Black. Second, you must never forget that I’m Black. You should be able to dig Aretha, but don’t play her every time I come over. … Continue reading

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