At the Intersections: #BlackLivesMatter Vigils & the (white) Privilege of Growing Up

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Many good people live and work at the intersections and I occasionally invite someone to tell a story from where they stand. Linnea Peterson is a first-year student at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where she is majoring in Economics and English. She wrote for this blog last summer about the film The Fault in Our [Read More...]

Casting Off White Invisibility

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In a piece for Salon last week, Brittney Cooper wrote about her ongoing struggle with rage and frustration in the wake of the Ferguson nonindictment: “I woke up in black skin this morning. Frustrated, because for the first time in a long time, I felt the weight, the scourge of this skin. Had visions of [Read More...]

I Am Not Trayvon Martin

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In 1903 they were true.  In 2013 they remain true.  The words of W.E.B. DuBois about what it means to be a black man in the United States, with which Melissa Harris-Perry began her program’s footnote the day after Trayvon Martin’s killer was found not guilty: “Between me and the other world there is ever [Read More...]

Telling the Truth About Privilege

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On Saturday, the Illinois College Board of Trustees voted to promote me to Professor of Religion.  For those of you not familiar with the academic hamster wheel and ladder, this is the highest ‘regular’ rank that a professor can achieve.  Full Professor.  It’s what comes after lecturer, instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor.  Beyond this, [Read More...]


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