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Robin DiAngelo | What does it mean to be white?

I AM white. I have spent years studying what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. This is what I have learned: Any white person living in the United States will develop opinions about race simply by swimming in the water of our culture. But mainstream sources — schools, textbooks, media and anecdotal evidence — don’t provide us with […]

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Anna Marie Alkin | Steal away home

The White House is an image I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. It seems we have all been forced into a prolonged meditation on this topic on one level or another. Apparently, it is time. The White House was built upon ground won through the genocide of indigenous peoples. The White House was quite literally built upon a foundation of slave labor. The White House reminds us the continued […]

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Kunichoff and Macaraeg | Chicago does reparations right

Somewhere between his 12th and 13th hour inside a Chicago Police Department interrogation room, Lindsey Smith decided to confess to a murder he didn’t commit. Multiple officers had pistol-whipped, stomped on, and beaten him, again and again. Convinced he would not otherwise live through the ordeal, Smith signed a false confession for the attempted murder of a 12-year-old White boy. At 17, Smith too was a boy. But with one […]

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Wendy Kennar

Wendy Kennar | Being ‘white’

A few months ago, our next door neighbor asked me if it’s ever been hard for my son to  grow up with parents of two different races. “No. It hadn’t even come up until he was in kindergarten, and his class was talking about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” I said. My son is almost nine; her grandson is three. Her grandson had begun asking questions and making comments about his […]

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