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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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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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What Would Rosa Parks Say (WWRPS)?

The temptation to comment on the violence in Ferguson is almost irresistible. It doesn’t matter if we’re condemning it, worrying about it, lamenting it. We feel the need to say something about it while commenting on Ferguson’s resistance. Most of us should resist this temptation mightily. When Detroit burned in 1967, “the mother of the movement,” … Continue reading

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Life Imitating Art

I find it highly ironic that the number one movie in the country right now is about an oppressed people that rise up in revolt against their government, attempting to destroy their capital, and rioting against the establishment that has forced them to live in poverty, to struggle for their lives against a police state … Continue reading

Whose Violence?

The Grand Jury verdict will be announced today. Almost all of the reporting in the media keeps reiterating the message that a failure to indict will likely result in “violence.” Keeps claiming that “violence” is what everyone is bracing for and hoping against. Let us remember that this is not a neutral description. And let’s repeatedly ask: whose … Continue reading

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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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