America First and the last time we heard it

America first.  For some, this slogan sounds like we are getting our priorities together.  We need to focus on our economy and give jobs to real Americans– as if the persons who are employed at these businesses are not real people with real needs.   Still, we need to take from them in order give it to us.  […]

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Where Injustice Lies

“(Justice) cries out in the streets; in the squares she raises her voice.  At the busiest corner, she cries out; at the entrance of the city gate she speaks: ‘How long, O (crooked ones will you love being crooked)?’”[1] No matter where we are or where we find ourselves, there are cries for justice.  The […]

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Christena Cleveland talks about “Paying Privilege Forward”

She is a graduate of Dartmouth and the associate professor of the practice of reconciliation at Duke Divinity School.  Sharing her personal story, Dr. Christena Cleveland invites us into her life and the reality of the privileges that she received from her parents.  She unpacks the meanings of privilege, challenges the myth of individualism and explains why we need to pray privilege forward.  

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Naming White Privileges

So often in matters of race, we only talk about the impact of oppression, the effects of blackness and the negative impact of the social construct of race. But, race has a bright side.  It’s called privilege, white privilege. While we are familiar with “the race card” and now due to this presidential election cycle […]

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White Privilege Glasses

Deadlines from seemingly every area of my life and stormy weather present a dual problem as to timeliness and motivation.  While this was not on my list of things to do,  I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this article with you.  Published by the Huffington Post, “See Racism. See John See Racism. […]

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What does privilege look like?

Below is a clever video on accessibility, marginalization and privilege.  In less than two minutes, the narrator explains it all.  For teachers whose budgets are greatly reduced, all you need is a sheet of paper and a trash can.  Let the lesson begin.

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Alex Landau: A Story of Police Brutality

So, it’s not a bedtime story and it’s not a new story, which causes me to believe that somewhere and for some people it is true.  I don’t think that you should tuck yourselves in with it and it certainly doesn’t warrant that warm glass a milk.  Frankly, I never really understood this request. Still, […]

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