Drick Boyd's Blog

The Lie and Promise of America

Lowering the Floor of Political Decency I write this only five days before November 3, America’s election day. Like many people, I recognize that the outcome of our elections may not be known for several days or weeks after that date. I also am quite anxious as to the...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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Summer 2020 Reflections

The past several months have been a whirlwind of change, fear, anger, and anticipation. In mid-March, everything closed down and we were sent into self-imposed quarantine, advised to keep a social distance, wear masks and hopefully wait out a rising pandemic. By May...

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In Memory of C.T. Vivian and John Lewis

On Friday, July 17 two giants of the Civil Rights Movement and of U. S. history died. While many others far better qualified than me will write and speak their eulogies, I want to share what C. T. Vivian and John Lewis meant to me. I was deeply saddened by the news of...

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Racist is a Condition, Not an Accusation

A Condition Not an Accusation "Racist” is a word we are hearing a great deal these days: the cops are racist, Confederate monuments are racist, the President is racist, our country was built on racist principles. Moreover, white people are being challenged by Black,...

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