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A Picture’s Thousand Words: Whitewashing Our Culture (Feb 5, 2017)
What a mismatched photo of a detained Iranian-American boy reveals about our lingering racism. Our children are vulnerable citizens: If we can't protect them, who can we protect?
A Tale of Two Cities: How Kid Rock Symbolizes Detroit Gentrification (Sep 18, 2017)
It's been fifty years since the riot, but a sports arena's opening act shows how little we've grown. Kid Rock is a symbol for white Detroiters, wanting the tough and gritty appeal but not truly supporting the entire city.
Another Unarmed Black Man Murdered by Police… And This One Also Won't Be the Last (Sep 21, 2016)
If we have any hope of fixing this scourge, it's time for the police apologists to drop the defensiveness. Now. We have a policing problem. Terence Crutcher is yet another victim of the shoot-first mentality of modern police.
Breaking the White Programming (May 21, 2018)
Will Smith tells us, "Racism is not getting worse, it's getting filmed." Cell phones are capturing the moments that we used to simply disbelieve.
Don't Expect Roses: How to be a Proper Ally (Dec 11, 2016)
White men can help fight white supremacy. Being an ally for civil rights is a great goal. But don't be surprised if your efforts are seen with skepticism or even hostility.
Fixing Our Broken Justice System (Nov 20, 2016)
Our prisons are skewed against black men. Let's find solutions. Discussions of the racially imbalanced justice system often rely on a false dichotomy.
Franklin Turns 50: Why It Matters (Jul 31, 2018)
Proper representation of people of color is important to everyone. It's been 50 years since Schultz introduced Franklin to the Peanuts strip.
Growing Beyond the White Savior (Feb 12, 2017)
Paul Hartzer reflects on hand gestures, respect, and authentically bridging racial gaps. If you want to help people, meet them where they are, not where you think they should be.
How Police Can Regain the Trust of Their Communities (Jul 21, 2016)
The best-practices for behavior management in parenting and education applied to law enforcement. The onus is on police and teachers to rebuild damaged community relationships by adopting a consistently authoritative (not authoritarian) approach.
How To Be An Ally: Don’t Be An ‘Ally’ (Jun 11, 2018)
If your goal is to proudly wear the badge of allyship, you're doing it wrong. It's not about cookies or trophies, it's about doing the right thing.
Moving from Shock to Resolve (Jun 5, 2017)
We can't change the system if we're stuck in being shocked at the system. The system has been broken for a long time. Let's stop being shocked and focus on fixing it.
Overcoming Our Racist Upbringing (Dec 4, 2016)
Society has raised us to be this way. Paul Hartzer asserts it is our responsibility to change. Like many whites, I was raised to be distrustful of POC. It's high time was ended the cycle.
Police Racism: A White Man's Experiences (May 29, 2017)
It's not a few lone wolves, the system is filled with racist officers. Denial gains us nothing. As a white person, I've only experienced the tip of the iceberg. If this is the tip, how big is the iceberg?
Punching Up, Punching Down (May 2, 2018)
Why Melissa Wolf is right and Matt Groening is wrong. Making fun of the powerful: Fine. Making fun of minorities: Not fine.
Shut Up and Dance (Sep 4, 2016)
The silencing of black celebrities by the white status quo. This week's Good Men Project article discusses how the Colin Kaepernick flap is part of a larger pattern of using the anecdotal success of POC to claim that racism is dead, while telling those same successful POC to shut up and dance.
Take a Knee, America (May 28, 2018)
Our World War II military died to protect a nation in which children could refuse to say the Pledge. Protest is patriotism.
The Assault in Chicago and BLM’s Clear and Proper Response (Jan 15, 2017)
The Black Lives Matter movement is not about special treatment, it’s about equal treatment. In the wake of a violent act committed by black people, the black activist community is clear: Violence is violence.
The Statues are More Than Just Statues (Aug 28, 2017)
If it's this hard to remove some statues, what does that say about the larger issue? It's been half a century since the peak of the Civil Rights Movement, and we can't even take down a few statues.
The Vicious Cycle of Unequal Treatment (Sep 18, 2016)
It’s not enough to just starting out handing out hugs and ice cream and forgetting about the past. In this article, I discuss part of why people who are treated unfairly respond with violence.
This Happened at Waffle House (May 12, 2018)
The name of the company is so very apropos. We as a culture continue to waffle on racial issues.
Tina Fey Eats Cake, Starting an Internal War (Aug 17, 2017)
Timing is everything in comedy, and now's not the time. Debating whether Fey's Weekend Edition sketch was brilliant satire or a pathetic mixed message misses the point of whether it was a white person's turn to talk in the first place.
Two Shootings, Two Standards (Mar 24, 2018)
Jaelynn Willey and Courtlin Arrington both deserve our mourning. Why does the mainstream media continue to ignore black victims of violence?
What We Should Really Be Boycotting (Apr 23, 2018)
Be honest: Why are we REALLY upset at Starbucks? It's hard for us to pretend that white liberals are better when they're caught on video being just as bad.
What Would YOU Do? Real Life Edition (Apr 16, 2018)
If you saw racial injustice, would you say something, or would you sit idly by? While two black men were arrested at a Starbucks for "trespassing," white people just watched.
White Gaze, Black Panther, Animal House (Feb 19, 2018)
White people are often confused if they're not front and center. A scene from "Animal House" reflects a nation's subtle and not-so-subtle racism.
White Man Waking (Jul 2, 2018)
When we're deeply asleep, we don't wake up all at once. My path to understanding my color and privilege has been long and winding.
Why Privilege is White-Washed Supremacy (Aug 13, 2017)
It's easy to reject White Supremacy as an extreme. But do we accept the depth of our own privilege? Put simply: Privilege is the gentrification of supremacy.
Why There's No 'White History Month' (Jan 29, 2018)
The only people standing in the way of us honestly confronting our wrongs is ourselves. White-washed history texts bury our mistakes, and make it more difficult for us to correct them.
Yellow Is the New White (May 7, 2018)
The Simpsons, representation, and white liberalism. We give Matt Groening a pass on racism because he's so liberal… and we shouldn't.
You're Not Color Blind, You're Snow Blind (Sep 25, 2017)
It's not up to people of color to dialogue correctly, it's up to whites to listen and change. Critics of protests like NFL players kneeling claim that's not how to open a dialogue. But POC have been trying for decades; white people refuse to listen.