White Men Who Fear Falling

If we don’t oppress women and people of color, they have the potential to be just as successful as us. Which would force us to confront the lie of our own superiority and work as hard as they do to succeed.

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“I have no culture. I’m like, vaguely European.”

As far as I was concerned, and as far as I understood culture, I had none. Culture to me was Black churches and Mexican food and the Italian family in Moonstruck, who yelled and drank together and played opera and plinked sugar cubes in their champagne flutes. Culture was delicious and fun and noticeable.

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I am a White Racist

Being able to accept myself as a White racist was liberating, as is recognizing that White people, like all Americans, are psychological victims of the Supremacist bullshit that has been fed to us our whole lives. Of course we’re racist. How could we not be? Anti-racist work begins with deconstructing what you believe to be true.

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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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Racism in Minnesota

We have to stop lying about Minnesota. “Our” success is almost exclusively White. When we fail to acknowledge that our state reliably churns out some of the worst racial disparities in health, education, employment, and wealth, we are dehumanizing People of Color.

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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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Minnesota White

Originally posted on clawing my way to enlightenment:
Last night was the last night of our 6 month, once-a-month, Unpacking Whiteness exploration at the Zen Center. I honestly got more out of it than I thought I would, and when we went around the circle to give a brief comment on our reaction to the…

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