November 2018 Newsletter
Hello All. As each of us attempts, in our own way, to respond to the hate-filled rhetoric and violence that continues to undermine the fabric of our society, I wish us strength and resilience. No doubt these are precarious times, and regardless of your position and analysis, I do hope you’re planning to vote so that we might make it known that we stand against what is hate-filled, and stand for transformative change.
A community of practice is forming for self-identified white folks…online. The last two months’ calls were meaningful and productive for participants, and so I’ve committed to another four months. We’ll gather online on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 3-5PM (Pacific) for supportive discussions about our anti-racism efforts. Use this link to RSVP for November’s dialogue and/or to be added to the interest list. All on the list will receive email invitations to RSVP and receive the link each month. This is an open group and requires no ongoing commitment. Participate when you can.
As elections near, rhetoric heats up and can be deafening. One argument anti-racist folks are often call defend themselves against has to do with the “danger of identity-politics.” This essay by Tim Wise offers an analysis articulating a useful way to counter this critique.

When it all seems too broken to be fixed, when the pieces are in disarray, we look to leaders who can articulate a path forward. Dahlia Ferlito, founder of LA’s White People for Black Lives, offers a call for us to create a practice of visioning. Read it as a call to action or a prayer for our collective future. It works either way.

From a new friend, a fellow traveler, friend of friends. This post offers a well-constructed list of 13 questions to be used in sequence when trying to connect with a person who doesn’t believe white privilege exists. They help get the conversation moving in a productive direction. Very useful. I suggest tagging this list and reviewing it regularly. Much wisdom contained within.
Consider holiday gift giving!
From Embrace Race – “Beyond addressing issues of race and racism, this children’s reading list focuses on taking action. It highlights resistance, resilience and activism; and seeks to empower youth to participate in the ongoing movement for racial justice. These books showcase the diverse ways people of all ages and races have engaged in anti-racist activism, and highlight how race intersects with other issues, such as capitalism, class and colonization. The majority of books center activists of color, whose lives and bodies have been on the front lines of racial justice work, yet whose stories often go untold. The essential work of white activists is also included — to underscore that anti-racist work is not the responsibility of people of color; and exemplify the ways white allies have stood up against racial injustice. This list was curated by The Conscious Kid Library and American Indians in Children’s Literature, in partnership with Raising Race Conscious Children.”
“At a moment when college campuses have become a new front in the culture wars, Race on Campus: Debunking Myths with Data offers a research-based analysis of racial dynamics and student life that serves as a much-needed rejoinder to the scorching rhetoric. Julie J. Park addresses several major myths about diversity on campus including charges of pervasive self-segregation, misconceptions about affirmative action, and the theory of mismatch.”
If you haven’t yet reviewed the new materials available (free) online, check out this workshop curriculum. Intended as a companion to the book Living in the Tension, it supports building an anti-racist practice anchored to the “both/and” mindset. The website offers agendas and handouts so groups can build community, analysis, emotional capacity, and skills to engage on topics of racial justice. Email me if you’re considering using these materials and I can help you brainstorm.
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