Samaria Rice, ACLU create booklet in Tamir’s memory to teach kids what to do when they encounter cops | cleveland.com

https://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/2019/11/samaria-rice-aclu-create-booklet-in-tamirs-memory-to-teach-kids-what-to-do-when-they-encounter-cops.html

It’s a shame that it’s necessary and it is (still) an outrage that justice has eluded Tamir and his family and community.

Being a black tree hugger has taught me that we must engage all citizens to fight climate crisis | Justin Onwenu | Opinion | The Guardian

It will take all of us (some of us kicking and screaming) to make progress on our intertwined justice goals – environmental, racial, economic, etc.

We must bring to the table an understanding that we don’t have to agree on every political issue to work together towards building a better future for all of us.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/04/being-a-black-tree-hugger-has-taught-me-that-we-must-engage-all-citizens-to-fight-climate-crisis

Glossary: White Supremacy

I’ll let Robin DiAngelo explain (from her article No, I Won’t Stop Saying “White Supremacy” in YES! Magazine):

White supremacy captures the all-encompassing centrality and assumed superiority of people defined and perceived as white, and the practices based upon that assumption. White supremacy is not simply the idea that whites are superior to people of color (although it certainly is that), but a deeper premise that supports this idea—the definition of whites as the norm or standard for human, and people of color as an inherent deviation from that norm.

Thus, when race scholars use the term white supremacy, we do not use it the same way as mainstream culture does. Nor, do we use it to indicate majority-versus-minority relations. Power is not dependent on numbers but on position. We use the term to refer to a socio-political economic system of domination based on racial categories that benefit those defined and perceived as white. This system rests on the historical and current accumulation of structural power that privileges, centralizes, and elevates white people as a group.”

“Why We Need Racial Literacy Now More Than Ever” | Teaching While White

I am at the beginning of working on my own responses (external and internal) to white supremacy. I’d say that Teaching While White looks like a promising program. If a teacher (or any adult, really) is willing to be open and doesn’t freeze in fear of “doing it wrong” — a reaction I’m trying to root out in myself — it can lead to greater understanding and, hopefully, personal and societal transformation.

One of my favorite comments was, “But, Elizabeth, I don’t get it. If this started like almost 200 years ago, why would someone STILL think it was OK to do this after they had been told it was bad?” And then one student concluded, “I think blackface makes white people look bad.”

My thoughts exactly. But then I said, “Well, maybe they didn’t learn about all this when they were kids.”

Gasps around the circle.