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White Perfectionism

The Inevitability of Mistakes Whenever I speak about racism with groups comprised mainly of white people, I often make the point early on that in our efforts as white people to be antiracist allies (or accomplices or co-conspirators), we are going to make mistakes. We...

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Coddling White Racists? Not A Chance

On May 5 Rev. David Brown, a diversity advisor at Temple University held a public conversation about the themes of my book Disrupting Whiteness. The event was sponsored by the Inside-Out Prison- Exchange program, which brings together traditional undergraduate college...

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The 1619 Project

On May 5 Rev. David Brown, a diversity advisor at Temple University held a public conversation about the themes of my book Disrupting Whiteness. The event was sponsored by the Inside-Out Prison- Exchange program, which brings together traditional undergraduate college...

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How Racism Hurts White People

(Adapted from my book Disrupting Whiteness: Talking to White  People About Racism0 The Hidden Wound In the wake of the Derek Chauvin trial there has been a great deal of speculation and prognostication that Chauvin’s guilty verdict might signal a shift in the public’s...

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What Now?

Like many people, I was greatly relieved at the outcome of the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty on all three counts for the murder of George Floyd last May. While, like many, I feared the worst – i.e. that Chauvin would be set free or there...

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What Has Happened in My Second City?

Minneapolis -  “The Most Racist City” In January of 1979 I took a graduate seminar on White Racism with the late Dr.  James Tillman and his wife,  Mary Tillman. The Tillman’s were residents of Atlanta, Georgia, but traveled around the country offering seminars and...

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The Challenge of Empathy

The Challenge of Empathy In my recently released book Disrupting Whiteness: Talking with White People About Racism, I propose that the best way to engage white folks in conversations about racism is to take a dialogical rather than a confrontative approach. Too often...

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Support Black Owned Businesses

I am reposting this article on supporting Black-owned businesses - Check it out! (DB)     Support Black-Owned Businesses: 181 Places to Start Online Sophia Conti February 07, 2021 Racial and wealth disparities in the United States have been thrown into sharp relief by...

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The Woman Who Shaped Me

Most men I know first learn about the strength and endurance of women from their mothers. During this Women’s History Month I want to take this opportunity to talk about the woman who shaped me, Mary “Sis” Mullins Boyd, my mother.  On the 19th of this month, she would...

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Why The Devotion To Trump?

The Impeachment As I write these words the U.S. Senate is in its first day of deliberations over whether or not Donald Trump should be held accountable for the attempted insurrection on January 6, 2021. The deliberations on this day are focusing on whether or not a...

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What is Your Race Story?

This week I share an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Disrupting Whiteness: Talking with White People About Racism. In this segment I am contending that before white people can talk with others about racism, they need to be able to identify and articulate the...

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What is Your Race Story?

This week, I offer an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Disrupting Whiteness: Talking With White People About Racism. Essentially, my contention is that before we can engage other people on their views and feelings about racial incidents, we must be grounded in a...

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