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Hiram Revels

One hundred forty-five years ago today, on February 25, 1870, Hiram Revels (1827-1901) was sworn in as a U.S. Senator from Mississippi, the very first black man to hold this position. This was during Reconstruction, that brief, decade-long experiment in … Continue reading

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Not much distance at all

This photo was taken by Declan Haun in 1961 in Monroe, North Carolina— 53 years, 753 miles, 12 hours away by car from Ferguson, Missouri. Not much distance at all.

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Racism is not over, but I’m over racism.

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The lynching of Emmett Till

59 years ago today, Emmett Till (1941-1955) was murdered in Money, Mississippi. From Chicago, Till was visiting family in the area. His supposed crime was that he had “flirted” with a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, the wife of the owner of Bryant’s … Continue reading

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“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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