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

I woke up . . .

I woke up this morning at 5 a.m. to news of Charlottesville. The Executive Minister for Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ, Rev. Traci Blackmon, posted last night about members of the KKK surrounding a church where she and other clergy gathered to pray and praise. With torches. Her post pushed … Continue reading

Dear Parents of White Children (Like Me), 2

Dear parents of white children (like me), Imagine with me for a moment, please. Let’s imagine you were living in a world in which there was an epidemic that threatened to abruptly and violently end the life of your son or daughter. It might happen when they were a child. It might happen when they … Continue reading

If You’re a Cop . . . (or have cops in your life).

Dear Police Officers, Let me share a story that illustrates something like how this should go. A few months ago, my nephew T. was at school. A fellow student was relishing in a bag of Doritos he’d brought for lunch. The student was quickly deluged with other children clamoring for a chance to smell this … Continue reading

When “All” Means None

Dear Fellow White Folk—especially (but not only) White Christians: As a Midwestern Lutheran, I have been to many potlucks. Casseroles and Jell-O salads abound. At their best, potlucks embody a community meal in which everyone contributes, feels at home, has fun, and has their fill. But sometimes people at the front of the line overestimate … Continue reading

Life in a Swing State….

Life in a swing state….   ….with people I otherwise deeply respect vowing to sit out this election (whether because they supported Bernie or because the whole two party thing is corrupt and should be conscientiously objected by NOT VOTING) in my FB feed. Finally wrote this today [yesterday] after various posts (from people I … Continue reading

Disarming the Lethal Knot of White Fear

Dear White People: Earlier this week, in another outrageous, egregious miscarriage of justice, the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury failed to indict the white police officer who killed a 12-year-old black child, Tamir Rice. And once again the justification for letting a uniformed murderer go free is that the officer believed he was in mortal danger. … Continue reading

Failing White Kids

There’s long been a prevailing sentiment among white people of my generation, expressed in some version of the following: “Our race problem is mostly a matter of time. Racism will whither as the older white U.S.-Americans die off.” Other versions of a similar sentiment show up when folks tout the demographic changes poised to dramatically … Continue reading

Reparations? Or Charity?

This is a reparations moment. That’s not to say it’s newly or uniquely such a moment (as if we haven’t long been in a reparations moment). It’s not. But it’s worth asking this right now: If something as entrenched in U.S.-American culture as the acceptability of flying the Confederate flag could finally be upended and … Continue reading

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