For White Women Learning Calculus in a School Building On Fire

Note from Jen: Dear readers, Thank you for following this blog! This is the last article you will get from me on this venue. Please come follow me on Medium (free) where I am now publishing my work. You’ll still get my work emailed right into your inbox. “For White Women Learning Calculus in a … Continue reading

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

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

Richard Levins Morales

*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

When White Guilt turns to White Hate

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

We All Need Healing

This morning I walked away from a school building that was on “external lockdown.” My children were inside. What a totally counterintuitive thing to do as a parent. But this seems to be kind of a new normal. My kids’ school is only 10 blocks from where one of two Des Moines area police officers … Continue reading

White Kids and Black Lives

There’s so much uncharted territory in parenting. But, raising white kids differently than most folks of my generation were raised? With few (any?) roadmaps? At a time when the failure of decades of “colorblind” white parenting and tepid attempts at “celebrating differences” is exposed by news cycles that bleed day-after-day with stories of Black people … Continue reading

Dear Police Chief 2

I didn’t have to wait long to hear back from the West Des Moines police chief. To his credit, he picked up the phone and called me. So, a few days after I sent my letter last week, Chief LaDue and I spoke on the phone for about a half hour. Chief LaDue explained the following to … Continue reading

Dear Police Chief . . .

I sent this email to the police chief in my city two days ago. I urge you to send something similar to yours and to ask folks who live around you to do the same. I intend to follow up over the coming days by sending him examples (which have trickled in) of police officers … Continue reading

Circling Up

“Malcolm X was a freedom fighter, and he taught us how to fight!” “Sandra Bland. Say her name!” “Black. Lives. Matter!” The New York City subway rang with chants and songs echoing off the tiled walls. Our coalition, gathered in the city for Union Theological Seminary’s Millennial Leaders Project, had just returned from Union Square … Continue reading

The Hair: Reflections by a White Parent

In infancy, it was the eyes. But ever since toddler-hood, it has been the hair. My son is eight years old. He was born with deep blue eyes and fairly bald—just a smattering of sand-colored hair. As he learned to walk, his hair began morphing into its current “tow-head” state. (That term comes from old … Continue reading

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