White Children in a Majority-Minority Future

My daughter attends a majority minority elementary school. In fact, my daughter is the only white non-Hispanic child in her classroom. I volunteer regularly at my daughter's school, interacting with children of every color. I meet parents; we set up playdates. These children are my daughter's friends. I've dropped my daughter off at birthday parties where she is the only (or next to only) white child in the room.It is against this backdrop that I read a Right Wing Watch article about co … [Read more...]


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The Many Colors of Rogue One

When The Force Awakens was released a year ago, many people pointed to the diversity of the three young new rebel leads.Rey was a woman, Finn a black man, and Poe Hispanic. This diversity was especially striking given the whiteness of both the original Star Wars movies and the prequels---with the exception of Lando Calrissian in the former, and Mace Windu in the latter.Star Wars has always occurred against a diverse backdrop or both humanoid and non-humanoid characters, including al … [Read more...]


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My Evangelical Upbringing Had Ties to White Nationalism

Last week, NPR interviewed Richard Spencer, a "white nationalist" who wants to see the creation of a white ethno state. People were shocked at this interview---so shocked NPR had to explain why they aired it: Some of you have asked why we would air the views of someone who wants to create a “white ethno-state.” The short answer is that Donald Trump drew some of his support from people with such views. We want listeners to understand what the alt-right, and people such as Richard Spencer, beli … [Read more...]


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This Isn’t New

There's been a lot of talk about an uptick in white supremacist graffiti, vandalism, and attacks in the days and weeks since Donald Trump's election. I've read about incidents that occurred in areas I've lived, and I've heard from friends who have experienced them first-hand. The stories about Hispanic children targeted and bullied in schools are some of the worst---and the Nazi graffiti is chilling. But I want to make sure something isn't lost in the shuffle---this isn't new. Oh, certainly, the … [Read more...]


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Mixed-Race, How Does It Work? Mark Kirk Edition

When I saw the headline---Senator Mark Kirk Mocks Disabled Veteran Tammy Duckworth for Mixed-Race Heritage---I was immediately drawn in. What did he do?! What did he say?! Just for reference, you don't mess with Tammy Duckworth. You just don't. She's a double amputee with two decades of military service who defeated an incumbent Republican Congressman in 2012 and currently has her sights set on Mark Kirk's senate seat. She's pretty much as badass as badass gets. She's also mixed-race. Her father … [Read more...]


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Robert Saunders’ Race Problem, and the Republican Party

They told us we were supposed to change the world. They told us to run for office. They told us not to say racist things on Facebook. No wait, they didn't tell us that, and Robert Saunders, running for state legislature, is learning this the hard way.Saunders and I were both raised in an environment that mixed evangelicalism and conservative politics to the extent that the two became indistinguishable. And we were both homeschooled. For many, homeschooling is simply a method for giving their … [Read more...]


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Trump: Central Park Five Guilty Despite DNA Evidence

Today, Trump released a statement on the Central Park Five. If you haven't heard of the Central Park Five, it may be because you're too young to remember it (like me) or it might simply be because Trump has so many scandals attached to him that it's become impossible for the press to do justice to each (or perhaps they were just late to the game of trying). But Trump's comments today matter, because they presage what a Trump presidency might mean for those who care about criminal justice reform … [Read more...]


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