Whitesplaining Racial Disparities in STEM Fields

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Today I came upon an article on Chris Stedman's Religious News Service blog, titled Instead of hating on social justice, atheists should tackle STEM segregation. The article was written by Sikivu Hutchinson, a black activist and author. At this point it’s a cliché that white “New Atheist” elites love to saber rattle against the inclusion of social justice in atheist organizing. Yet, when it comes to anti-racist social justice, even the “kinder, gentler” Humanist community often nods its head in … [Read more...]

Racism Is (Not) Dead

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There was a time I thought racism was a thing of the past. Even after I confronted my own covert racism, I still thought blatant upfront racism was a thing of the past. I believed that racism had changed and become something less visible but not less real, but recent events have forced me to realize that I was wrong. I've watched the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury decision with rapt attention. I've followed the non-indictment of the police officers involved in the John Crawford III's … [Read more...]

Missouri Musings

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I first received news of the grand jury decision in Missouri Monday night from my Facebook feed. It was a status update only two words long:I knew what had happened immediately, and my stomach turned over. I opened twitter and began reading what was posted under #Ferguson, paying special attention to updates by people of color and those on the ground, including @Nettaaaaaaaa, @deray, @drgoddess, @WyzeChef. I learned of massive police action, and of rioting. As the grand jury report came … [Read more...]

On Race, Gender, and Being “Unbiased”

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Rachel Held Evans recently posted this on her facebook page: Observation: It seems like a lot of young theologians assume that being male makes them unbiased about gender, that being straight makes them unbiased about sexuality, that being privileged makes them unbiased about oppression, that being white makes them unbiased about race, that that being relatively wealthy makes them unbiased about poverty/economic issues, and that being highly educated makes them unbiased (and uniquely qualified) … [Read more...]

Yes I Take My Poor Children Trick-or-Treating in Your Rich Neighborhood

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I know I'm late to the party, but I only just came upon that viral Dear Prudence letter about poor kids trick-or-treating in rich neighborhoods.Dear Prudence, I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more “modest” streets—mostly doctors and lawyers and family business owners. (A few blocks away are billionaires, families with famous last names, media moguls, etc.) I have noticed that on Halloween, what seems like 75 percent of the trick-or-treaters a … [Read more...]

Ebola, Diseases, and the Undesirables

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Am I the only one who noticed that Americans didn't care about ebola until there was actually the threat of people here in the U.S. catching it? For most of the summer there was little focus or interest in it at all, and I suspect most Americans processed it in the way they might another drought in the Sudan. I followed it because when I first heard of ebola some years ago it made a huge impression on me, and became my go-to bogey disease. But everyone else didn't seem to pay much at … [Read more...]

On Transgender Men and “Living Life As a Woman”

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In my post earlier today, I wrote the following: If you are a non-transgender man, please understand that you have no experience living life as a woman. An exchange took place in the comments that is worth highlighting.First, reader Isaac had this to say:Re: Trans men having lived experience "as women"---I think this can be somewhat true, but it's an idea to apply carefully and lightly. Each trans man has a different experience in which he may experience more or less misogyny directed … [Read more...]


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