Segregation in America

From the Equal Justice Initiative Racial segregation had a long and enduring history in America, supported by courts, laws, and elected officials. The pervasive effects of that legacy are still felt today. REPORT Segregation in America re-examines the civil rights era by focusing on the people and powers that opposed racial equality, to better understand the challenges of that era …

Roots of Liberation

Reflection from Richard Rohr, Roots of Liberation, Sunday, June 24, 2018  One of the great themes of the Bible, beginning with the Hebrew Scriptures and continued by Jesus and Paul, is “the preferential option for the poor.” I call it “the bias toward the bottom.” The Hebrew people’s exodus out of slavery, and YHWH’s complete identification with them, is the pattern of …

White people are discovering whiteness and losing the luxury of non-self-awareness

Excerpt from Discovering Whiteness – NY Magazine, June 2018 Early uses of the word “white” in American law were, unsurprisingly, about slavery — in particular, sparing white indentured servants from the prohibitions that barred black slaves from owning property or weapons or learning to read and write. (“The slave codes created whiteness in the United States,” Lee Bebout, an English professor …

I can’t create positive change without recognizing and naming my own participation in the oppressive systems that I’m trying to undo.

  1. The Revolution Is a Relationship Something that worries me about social justice communities is that we tend to conceptualize “revolution” as a product, as a place and time that we expend all of our energy and anger to create – often without regard to the toll this takes on individuals and our relationships. In this way, “The Revolution” …

How Much Can Democrats Count on Suburban Liberals? Small shifts in racial homogeneity elicit unexpected changes

NYTimes. com, By Thomas B. Edsall Ryan Enos, a political scientist at Harvard, published a book last year, “The Space Between Us,” suggesting that the ideological commitment of liberals in these and other similar communities may waver, or fail entirely, when their white homogeneity is threatened. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/14/opinion/trump-racism-liberals-suburbs.html  A clever study of commuters explored the reliability of suburban liberalism and found it wanting.CreditJonathan Wiggs/The …

For Women of Color, the Child-Welfare System Functions Like the Criminal-Justice System: Mothers of color are scrutinized by authority figures—and then punished. 

By Collier Meyerson in The Nation, 24 May 2018 on “Under-resourced Parents” and The New Jane Crow. A mother picks up her 4-year-old son from a Head Start program in Boston, Massachusetts, March 2013. (Reuters / Brian Snyder) When Tasheva was 11 years old, she was left alone with her four younger siblings in her family’s New York City apartment. As kids who …

After police were called on a barbecue, black Oaklanders share stories of racism and evictions, saying “We’re being pushed out”

By Sam Levin in Oakland, for The Guardian Fri 1 Jun 2018   Theo Williams at Oakland’s Lake Merritt. In 2015, a white man called police on his drum circle. Photograph: Talia Herman for the Guardian Kenzie Smith can’t get the voice out of his head. The woman could’ve ended his life with a single phone call, he said, and her threatening words play …

A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening Thursday in Montgomery, Ala., is dedicated to victims of white supremacy. By Campbell Robertson, 25 April 2018 The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening Thursday in Montgomery, Ala., remembers the thousands of victims of lynchings. CreditAudra Melton for The New York Times MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In a plain brown building sits an office …

Slaves: The Capital that Made Capitalism

Julia Ott — April 9, 2014, New School for Social Research   Family of African American slaves on Smith’s Plantation, Beaufort, South Carolina, circa 1862. © Timothy H. O’Sullivan | learnnc.org Racialized chattel slaves were the capital that made capitalism. While most theories of capitalism set slavery apart, as something utterly distinct, because under slavery, workers do not labor for a wage, new historical research reveals that for …