That’s No “White Savior”

My young nephew, who is Black**, was playing with a group of children a couple years ago when one of the white kids in the group pointed at him and said, “Your skin’s the same color as poop!” Another kid stepped in. “Hey! That’s racist!” this second white kid responded to the first. And again, … Continue reading

Grieving the Week

Friends: In the next two weeks, I’ll be shutting down this small-labor-of-love “livingformations” as I migrate my writing to Medium. You’ll get at least one more essay besides the one I share below. But, PLEASE go to https://medium.com/@jenharvey99/followers and follow me at Medium. There you will receive all the articles I typically share here. Thank you so … Continue reading

Richard Levins Morales

Trayvon Martin, the Legacy of Lynching, and the Role of White Women

*Five years ago today, George Zimmerman was exonerated for the killing of Trayvon Martin. Three years ago today, Sandra Bland was found dead in a Waller County Texas jail cell. Just this week the Department of Justice announced a re-opening of its investigation into the lynching of Emmett Till.  It is in this context we share this piece. Melanie … Continue reading

#WeStandWithSaira

There’s a lot of us feeling excitement and energy about the number of women—especially women of color—running for political office. If you’d read my Facebook newsfeed the day after the New York primaries, you’d have thought I and just about every one of my friends actually lived in the Bronx or Queens. That’s how elated we … Continue reading

History is Happening: What Part Do You Want to Play? It’s Not a Rhetorical Question

Heated debates about civility and moral witness; continuing trauma of separated children and parents; momentous 5-4 Supreme Court rulings on abortion, the travel ban, and unions; Justice Kennedy retiring at the worst possible moment—and that was only 3 days of the news cycle this week! It leaves out so much, such as the most recent example of white police killing … Continue reading

You and I and We

Beloveds…. There is no all-powerful “they” out there who is going to swoop in and stop this. There is no one coming to end these injustices and degradations once-and-for-all. I have to admit something. Each morning, these days, I wake up, and I realize some part of me is holding my breath in anticipation. I’m … Continue reading

When White Guilt turns to White Hate

So, is it okay to be white? The jury’s still out.

When Ashes & Roses Collide— This Valentine’s Day, Love Bigger

 For Christians, two holidays collide on February 14th: Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. Ashen foreheads alongside bundles of roses and heart-shaped boxes is not an ideal pairing. Being reminded that “we are dust and will return to the dust” is decidedly not an aphrodisiac. Yet maybe this awkward juxtaposition might help people of faith remember who we … Continue reading

Will we fight for our youth?

Dear white adults (like me),   Today at Drake University fliers appeared in random places on campus that said “It’s OK to be white.” This was not an isolated incident. Such signs have appeared on many campuses in recent weeks; this is an organized campaign.   Here’s what we need to know. White nationalists are … Continue reading

Colin Kaepernick doesn’t need me.

Colin Kaepernick doesn’t need me. He’s plenty strategic, utterly persistent and clearly a person of deep integrity who’s doing just fine without my help. Look at how much has changed on the NFL sidelines since he first took that barely noticed seat, which soon turned into a widely-noticed knee. More importantly, look at how much … Continue reading

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