P-Funk - Got to Give It Up

P-Funk - Got to Give It Up

If there are to be any great strides in dismantling white supremacy within the institution, those in power positions must voluntarily relinquish their power and make room for persons from traditionally marginalized communities. Individuals and power-holders must decide to allow the ideas and methods borne of persons of color to rise to the top. There must be an openness to the possibility that visions of white persons is not always the best and most promising path forward. As George Clinton would say, they’ve got to “give up the funk.”

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The N-Word Rears Its Ugly Head, Again

The N-Word Rears Its Ugly Head, Again

How are we to respond to the ongoing assault on black and brown people, conscious or unconscious? I believe that we can appeal to the sense of virtue that we carry within us. Virtues such as humility and compassion toward others, even offenders, can offer some sense of redemption and relief. Reaching for a sense of empathy might enable us to put ourselves in the other’s shoes and imagine what forces may be impinging upon them in such a way that makes them act out against a fellow human being.

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