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The Great Mismatch

The painful truth about hand-wringing over whether Affirmative Action “harms” racial minorities is that no one cares if Affirmative Action harms racial minorities. The faux concern for the well-being of … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · 8 Comments

Fascism

This week we have witnessed a phenomenal act of social movement-making in an era when many, myself included, have wondered if meaningful change in the U.S. still possible. Some of … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · 22 Comments

How I Read “Between The World and Me”

Editors at The Atlantic invited me to review Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between The World and Me”. It’s a three week book club. Today marks the second week. The invitation came in … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 5 Comments

Everything But The Burden: Publics, Public Scholarship, And Institutions

Institutions are inherently conservative. They are built to last. One way that institutions last is by diffusing threats to the status quo across org charts, rules, forms, email chains and … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · 6 Comments

Forced Context Collapse or The Right to Hide in Plain Sight

There is a whole brand of (mostly digital) journalism that culls social media content for stories. We can argue about the extent to which that is reporting as opposed to … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

When White Men Love Black Women on TV

With Olivia and Fitz and Annalise and Sam it has been noted that there’s a mainstream pop culture revolution happening in the representation of white men in relationships with black women. … Continue reading

December 22, 2014 · 33 Comments

Racists Getting Fired: The Sins of Whiteness on Social Media

Having a race is one long math equation. When you speak well and choose the right fork you can be a credit to “your race”. And so, of course, there … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Why We Want To Be White Women

A first-person account of race and yoga is making the social media rounds. In it a self-described thin white woman notices a black woman in yoga class and has an … Continue reading

January 30, 2014 · 30 Comments

Eating in School Cafeterias Isn’t Apartheid and Other Things I Shouldn’t Have to Tell Grown People

There is a troubling pattern of racialized rhetoric to education activism. The latest to come to my attention is from Grant Wiggins, president of Authentic Education. He begins the short … Continue reading

January 12, 2014 · 6 Comments

Wacky Weed, Tacky Racism: The HigherEd Dead End

I will live a long time and not forgive the Internet for making me read David Brooks’ New York Times weed opus. If you missed it, I apologize in advance. … Continue reading

January 3, 2014 · 12 Comments