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.”Read More
I am of the mind right now that people of faith will be better off if we concentrate on converting everyone we encounter to loving and compassionate being. We’d do this by simply treating people that we encounter with the same dignity and respect that we show our best friends; our BFFs.Read More
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.Read More
We all have a moral imperative to speak up against the Weinsteins of the world. Where do they come from? They come from our own social universe. Sometimes, it’s our family. At other times, it’s our office space. It could be our friendship circle, too. Either way, any silence is complicit with their nefarious actions. So let us not be silent.Read More
Deflection doesn’t make the cause of the protest go away. Nothing will. We’ll always have forces of white supremacy in our society that refuse to acknowledge and accept the basic principles of American democracy: all people are created equal.