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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

This is a helpful book for anyone wanting to grow in their understanding of race and racism in America.  In the book Dr. Tatum defines racism as a “system of advantage based on race”.  She differentiates between racism and bigotry by emphasizing the systemic nature of racism.  She then calls on people to be those who resist the systemic current of racism.  She challenges us to be people who fight against the cultural powers that oppress people of color. She writes out…

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Complaint Letter

Complaint Letter

A little while ago, I blogged about an unfortunate experience my wife had to go through (see here).  We decided that it was important for Mary to write a complaint letter.  We didn’t do it because we needed for it to happen in order to feel vindicated, but rather because we think that the best way to move forward as a society is by talking about these things openly.  You can read the letter by clicking this link: Complaint Letter NOTE: I’ve…

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Are People in Edina Racist?

Are People in Edina Racist?

I’m white and my wife is ethnically Korean.  We live in Edina, MN, the most affluent suburb in the state.  It is 94.28% white.  Today my wife experienced the sad reality of being Korean in a predominantly white city. A couple months ago she received a speeding ticket.  She was coasting down a hill near our house and her speed drifted well above the limit.  She wanted to protest the ticket in court—not because she felt she didn’t deserve the…

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