Indigenous People’s Day – A Reflection

Indigenous People’s Day – A Reflection

Today (October 11) is Indigenous People’s Day. Formerly called Columbus Day, this day has gained increasing recognition as we have become aware of the atrocities against indigenous people by Columbus and later the American colonists. Today seven states recognize...
Donald Trump and Institutional Racism

Donald Trump and Institutional Racism

Donald Trump’s Confusion Donald Trump is confused. Just before Labor Day he criticized programs dealing with white privilege and critical race theory and said he didn’t think that institutional racism exists in his government. Months earlier had admitted to Bob...
What is Critical Race Theory?

What is Critical Race Theory?

The Memo On Friday, September 4, 2020 President Trump had a memo sent out from the White House Office of Management and Budget directing all Federal agencies to cancel any and all antiracism trainings. He referred to these trainings as un-American, divisive...
Pursuing Restorative Justice

Pursuing Restorative Justice

This past spring (2020) I had the opportunity to teach a course on Restorative Justice to undergraduate students. In preparation for the course, I read The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice by Fania Davis. In the book Davis reports on her work in Oakland,...