Tag Archives: race

“Whiteness” is a construct

Today, as part of Professional Development Day, we invited Jackie Battalora in to facilitate a discussion of whiteness with our entire middle school faculty. She met with nine of us last year as we worked to grow our collective awareness … Continue reading

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Complicated cultural pastiche

Equally as problematic or complex was my visit to the African collection at The Seattle Museum of Art yesterday (see 4/13/13 post). On a large wall next to shaman figures, Yoruban twin statuettes, and across the hall from plentiful African … Continue reading

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Watching the Watcher: Observing the Ever-Consuming White Gaze

Watching the Watcher: Observing the Ever-Consuming White Gaze, a workshop at the White Privilege Conference, was intense, powerful, transformational. It began with the conversation, via Frantz Fanon (Black Skin, White Masks) and Sherene Razack (Looking White People in the Eye), that … Continue reading

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Feedback: Chocolate Axe?!

Alright. I work in middle school which normalizes a lot of edgy behavior, but when TB was walking around today with a container of Axe and I had to ask him to put it away, his cohorts turned the conversation … Continue reading

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Brown undermining Brown

Today is the 58th anniversary of Brown v Board of Education Topeka Kansas. This should be a day of celebration, but it needs to be a day of recommitment to the ideals of this landmark Supreme Court decision. The conservative … Continue reading

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Bacon’s Rebellion makes some of us “white”

A very intense professional development day today. Our department, nine of us, met together with a facilitator to discuss the invention of “white people.” This categorical construct did not exist until 1681 in a Virginia antimiscegenation law, which was enacted … Continue reading

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Porgy and Bess

This fresh production of Porgy and Bess at Court Theater moves beyond the stereotypes of its original production almost 80 years ago. The set is very simple, the cast small, the orchestra only 6 people and several of the musicians … Continue reading

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Welcome to my life

In short films on Friday, SD shared the following video, “Welcome to my Life” by Elizabeth Ito, her senior project at Cal Arts in 2004. The use of the voices of her real family makes the point of this video … Continue reading

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