Dear Black Students, Your Freedom Will Not Come From What You Learn in School

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The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.  Audre Lorde Dear Black Students:  I understand how frustrating it must be to see all the anti-Blackness in the world now and feel unprepared with the tools you need to fight racism in schools. Schools are normally failing Black kids, so […]

As We “Defund” Racist Police, We Need to “Re-Fund” Racist Non-Profits Too.

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An Inconvenient Truth: There is Racism and White Supremacy in NPOs, too If you are giving money to organizations to help Black folks and support Black liberation; that isn’t run by Black folks, you are not doing anti-racist work. Racism isn’t solved by funding nonprofit organizations that are run and […]

We’re Teaching Black History Month All Wrong

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News flash: We have been celebrating Black History Month all wrong. Black History Month (originally “Negro History Week”) was started by Carter G. Woodson in 1915. He had a very simple theory to promote the liberation and success of Black people: Black history has to be taught without centering Whiteness. […]

White People: Here’s Why Moving to a “Good School” in a “Good Neighborhood” Is Racist

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Many White folks, especially northern white liberals who voted for Obama, would argue they are not racist, even while they actively cause harm to Black folks by their racist actions. Since so many people don’t know what racism is or how they are racist, here are three racist things that […]

Honor Dr. King By Teaching Students To Really Clean America’s Racial Mess

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Each year, my daughter and I give a speech at her school’s MLK Mass.  I often talk about race to adults in very direct, blunt language.   I wanted to make sure I kept my moral compass about being “real about racism” but also to have it age-appropriate and understandable […]