Dear white family and friends, fellow white people I don’t know, white-identified people, and non-Black people in general, receive this in the spirit with which it is offered. I want to help you navigate the moment we are in. Let’s accept and acknowledge that the fires we see burning now should be emblems of our […]Read more "Dear white people: Let’s not continue to be our ancestors"
Decolonizing Education. It brought you here today. It prompted you to wake up early on a Saturday when you have other commitments and obligations. It will prompt you to engage with other educators today on why and how we must shift the way we teach, think, and act with even our youngest babies. Decolonizing Education […]Read more "My commitment to #DecolonizeEd: Conference remarks by NYU CSS Director, Natalie McCabe Zwerger"
On Saturday, January 28th, 2017, Shaun King, writer and civil rights activist, wrote this on Facebook, “Today has been, without a doubt, one of the most despicably inhumane days in my lifetime as an American citizen. Grievously inhumane. This day will go down in history as a deeply unethical, unnecessary, unconstitutional day of pain and […]Read more "Dear white folks, how will we march on?"
A recent Pew research study found that 67% of white social media users do not post or share posts about race or racial issues on their timelines (Anderson and Hitlin, 2016). Rather, white social media users are more likely to see posts related to race and race relations, but the social media interaction often ends […]Read more "Race Conversations in White Spaces: The End and the Beginning"
“They’re afraid of the truth” was the statement uttered by former President Bill Clinton in his condemnation of Black Lives Matter protesters at a recent campaign rally for his wife, Secretary Hillary Clinton. A statement which so ironically and poignantly captured what critics of his 1994 Crime Bill have been claiming for the past 20 […]Read more "“Not a Moment but a Movement”: Deconstructing the Myths Behind Black Lives Matter"
Racism lives and breathes in the halls of our schools. Scratch that. It lives and breathes in us. We are- White, Black or Brown- complicit in the system if we are not fighting against it. We feed it power each day that we don’t take steps to dismantle it. There are individuals who design messages […]Read more "Racism is down the hall and we allowed it in"
We were having a lively debate with a colleague the other day about whether systems of oppression continue to thrive because of individuals with malintent or if there is something beyond the individual at play- a more insidious normalcy and embeddedness that essentially sustains systems of oppression with or without individual action. We were arguing […]Read more "Decentering Whiteness: Dismantling privilege in the interest of racial justice"