Since the Coronavirus took over the world, there has been a lot of debate over whether people should wear face masks to help prevent the spread of the virus. Increasingly, medical experts and government officials encourage people to wear masks when they are in indoor public spaces, like grocery stores, or when they are in… Continue reading Five Reasons I Wear a Face Mask that Might Surprise You
I am going to describe three different scenarios to you, and I would ask you to use your imagination to put yourself fully into each of them. Scenario #1: The Kentucky-Tennessee 10K Race. Imagine that you are a runner and that you live in Kentucky. You have entered a 10K race in which all participants… Continue reading Should White People Feel Ashamed of White Privilege?
If you have been watching the news and following the discourse on the recent protests, you may have run across a recent video made by a woman named Candace Owens. Candace Owens is a conservative black woman who has recently gained press and social media coverage for her support of President Trump, her criticism of… Continue reading About the Candace Owens Video Going Around. And Also Some Thoughts about Systemic Racism
What do you do when you are a President who ran on a political platform that capitalized on fomenting racial tension? And then several years later after you win, you find yourself smack dab in the midst of global uprising, perhaps a second civil rights movement, protesting police brutality against black people? Well, if… Continue reading The Pickle the President Finds Himself In
This week on my blog, I am sharing some reading and study guides for Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, a book that has helped me better understand oppression and racism. It has also helped me to better understand how I can co-labor with the oppressed to end oppression and racism and to create a… Continue reading Chapter Two: Pedagogy of the Oppressed, a Study Guide
I would like to say, first, that I understand why you feel concerned and fearful about property destruction. If you are like me, you really value law, order, and respecting people’s property. You were probably raised with these values (and they are good values), and it may feel like to you that if you support… Continue reading Five Things You Can Do if You are a White Person Who Wants to Support Black People but Feel Afraid of Property Destruction in Protests
If you have read my blog for a while or have looked at my author's bio, you may know that the Brazilian philosopher and educator Paulo Freire has a great influence on my thought and writing. I wrote my dissertation on education and justice, and the last chapters focused primarily on Freire and his philosophy… Continue reading A Guide to Reading Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed–Chapter One
I would like you to imagine the following scenario. (Trigger warning: This scenario has some violent content in it.) The VN Scenario Imagine that you are living in your house peacefully. You obey the laws of your country and nation. You are a good neighbor. One day, a neighbor who lives one street over from… Continue reading What Should We Think about Property Destruction During Protests Against Police Violence?
As you are probably aware, all over the U.S. right now, there are people protesting George Floyd’s recent police-related death, as well as the disproportionate violence against black people (especially black men) at the hands of the police. You can read more about this here. As I have listened to my black friends, students, and… Continue reading Is the Phrase “All Lives Matter” a Helpful and Wise Response to “Black Lives Matter”?
George Floyd is a 46 year old black man who recently died in an encounter with the police in which a police officer knelt on his neck while Floyd, who was not resisting arrest (surveillance footage shows this), was lying face down on the ground, telling the officers around him that he could not breathe… Continue reading Are the President’s Criticism of the George Floyd Protests the Right Response? Violence Against Black Bodies