Imagine?

If you can start to imagine it, you can start to figure out what is necessary in order to make that world possible: an economic system in which everyone can live with dignity; community spaces where people mix with folks that are different from them; freedom to live as your true self without prejudice; access to the psychological and spiritual powers of nature; neighbors looking out for each other; support systems for people with mental or physical illnesses; an education system that recognizes and celebrates difference, that takes responsibility for past crimes and abuse and works to make amends for them … fill in the blanks.

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Deliberate Accidents & White Complicity

It is both possible and impossible to grab a gun on one side of your belt while intending to grab a taser on the other. I believe she absolutely could have meant to grab her taser and reached for her gun, but that “accident” was born out of an antipathy, hatred, and/or fear of African-Americans nearly endemic to the White population in the US.

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The Wrong Question

I am beyond tired of the “is he or isn’t he racist” debate that leaps onto center stage whenever someone says or does something offensive, supports legislation that will maintain inequity, or harms a Black person. If the subject of the question is a White person who was raised in the US, the answer to the question is yes. Always yes. 99.999% yes.

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Defunding Police and Seeing Clearly

I have never been so proud to be a Minneapolitan. There is no city I would rather live in right now. Real change is resting in our hands; not just in policing, but in community resilience and care and connections and in our way of thinking.

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LA 1992; Minneapolis 2020

On May 4, 1992, when the verdicts acquitting the officers who brutally beat Rodney King were announced at 3:15pm, my BFA acting class and I were between performances at the Globe theatre in West Hollywood, showcases for an audience of agents and casting directors meant to be our coming out to The Industry, the grand […]

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Not Monsters: Americans

It is possible that those police officers are psychopaths, but it is a thousand times more likely that they, just like us, are the products of a racist education, racist myths, and racist media. Some of us are lucky enough to have been born into or found a community that attempts to deracinate that American foundation; others wind up in frightened, ignorant White families or frightened, toxic police departments that cultivate and extend those racist roots.

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