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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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White Anti-Racist Parenting

Last night at a vigil I heard a black elder in my community trace herstory through the bombing of a church that claimed the lives of 4 young black girls, the murder of Emmet Till, through the civil rights movement and the murder of King and connected it all to Charleston. She then wondered aloud … Continue reading

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A Liturgical Die-In

From Jen: In days such as these words can seem so inadequate for naming what it is we are experiencing and the visions of life, justice and truth for which we long. Moving through ritual, liturgy, and the body is another powerful way we can and must move. This blog post describes such a liturgy–a liturgical … Continue reading

Building (Racial) Houses

A house can be many things. It can be a place where a family grows; where people gather to nourish each other with food and stories; where they go to rest and rejuvenate after a long day. A house can be a location that someone names as the place where they live; points to as … Continue reading

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Rachel Dolezal: One thing we must definitely not do . . .

I’m clearly not alone in my utter inability to quite wrap my head around this story. At the most mundane level (i.e., setting aside for a moment the many contentious racial implications) so many details here are beyond bizarre. I can’t seem to let go of the most surface kinds of questions. If Dolezal’s family … Continue reading

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At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Verdict in the Michael Brelo Case

I cannot turn away or close my eyes to what I beheld on Saturday as I watched the verdict in the Michael Brelo case being rendered by Judge P. O’Donnell in Cleveland. The nearly hour-long justification for exonerating Officer Brelo on all counts was bone chilling to behold. In every respect, it amounted to a … Continue reading

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Protests Don’ts and Do’s

“How does standing on a bridge yelling about police violence in Des Moines help Black folks in Baltimore?” “Okay, this is all well and good, but what are the next steps? When are we going to take action?” “It’s hypocritical for folks who’ve never said or done anything about police brutality before to suddenly show … Continue reading

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12 rules (oops, 13) for maintaining a racially hostile environment at your institution*:  

Use phrases like “we’re working on diversity.” Use them often and in as many public venues as you can. (Shake your head sadly, for emphasis, when you do.) Never count out loud, in public space, the actual number of people of color who are part of your administration or faculty. (Doing so is risky. The … Continue reading

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Would the Real “Sooner” Please Stand

It’s right to have shuttered the Sigma Alpha Epsilon House and expelled two students involved in last week’s raucous—joyous, even—celebration of white supremacy on a fraternity bus. But it’s right for one reason and not for another. The reason it’s right has to do with environment, which is different than the logic of punishment (that’s … Continue reading

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Dear North Miami Beach Police: #UseMeInstead

Last week, I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and came upon a photo of a clergy colleague in her clerical collar. She had posted the photo to an event called “North Miami Beach Police, use our pictures for your target practice.” I had heard about how the North Miami Beach Police Department has been … Continue reading

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I Took My Kids to the Protest

“Children don’t belong at protests.” I’ve heard many perspectives on this issue in the years I’ve hovered around activist spaces. They all bounced around in my mind as I debated whether to take my own kids (ages 6 and 4) to one of the Des Moines protests after Darren Wilson was declared a free man … Continue reading

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