Let George Do It!

  LET GEORGE DO IT! When I see the faces of many young women entering the Chicago abortion clinic early on Saturday mornings– looking like they probably didn’t sleep the preceding night and scared, I feel both: 1.   Angry – that they are treated like they are not doing an honorable, correct thing for themselves, and 2.   Sad – that so few of us – are actively supporting them. When I hear peers say to me: “George, I really admire what you are doing…”, I want to hear, “George, I really admire what you are doing.   Can you suggest how I could get involved in …” or “George, I really admire what you are doing.    Climate change is most important to me.   How can I kick in a few bucks or effectively reach my Congressperson to support…” When I am angered and saddened, I am motivated to try to do more. Far too many people I see around me may be affected by similar things, and react differently.    They may ridicule “the enemy”.    Their emotions may lead them to being scared

Witnessing Whiteness - a Must Reading for Caring White People

  It was a crowd of primarily Black spectators that first brought my racial being to consciousness.  I will never forget the pointing, laughter, and yells: “Look at the white girl!”  As a sophomore in high school in the mid-1980s, I was the different one for the first time, the minority within a group.  Eight Black girls and I competed to go to the California State track meet in the 400-meter race. (xi) So begins the Introduction of a most interesting book, Shelly Tochluk’s: Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It .  (Edition three is scheduled to come out in August, 2022, two months from now.) Tochluk is very direct, often with personal examples of the importance of white people focusing upon their own complicity in racism, and their need to proactively learn and become as active as possible at dismantling structural racism.  She talks clearly of how we live in multicultural settings, yet understand so little of the daily experiences of BIPOC.   The author f

Raise a Fist, Take a Knee - John Feinstein's Great Book on Racism and Men's Sports

RAISE A FIST , TAKE A KNEE : Race and the Illusion of Progress in Modern Sports – by: John Feinstein -   is a Must Read – for anyone interested in men and sports.   It is also an excellent read for others! If anyone has any doubts – about this book – watch a video about it – one – interview by Judy Woodruff from the PBS News Hour (9:11) – one example - . Quote: Jones ended up making two Olympic teams – the 2008 team and the 2012 team that went to London.   He had become the first African American to hold a world record in 2007 (note: men’s swimming) … (p.302) The night after George Floyd’s murder, Jones took his dog out for an evening walk.   He was staying at his brother’s house in Charlotte, North Carolina, because he and his wife were building their own house nearby. “I’d gone about a block when a police car went past me,” he said.   “All of a sudden, the car screeched to a stop.   The cop made a U-turn and came back to where I

Resources (Again)

  ----     BOOKS    ---- At the Dark End of the Street  – Danielle McGuire Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom  - Derecka Purnell The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America  - Richard Rothstein - Incredible Incredible book Florynce "Flor" Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical  - Sherie M Randolph How to Argue With a Racist: What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say About Human Difference  - Adam Rutherford How to be an Anti-Racist  - Ibram X Kendi LOVING: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy  - Sheryll Cashing My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies - Resma Menakem  - Brilliant! The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness  - Michelle Alexander NOBODY: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond - Marc Lamont Hill   THE PURPOSE OF POWER: How We Come Together

Say Their Names - a Quite Good Read

SAY Their NAMES: How Black Lives Came to Matter in America – by: Curtis Bunn, Michael H Cottman, Patrice Gaines, Nick Charles, and Keith Harriston provides an excellent summary of Black perspectives on the systemic nature of racism and the evolution of Black resistance to it. Quotes follow: “I don’t know.   I mean, I thought I understood where Black Lives Matter was coming from.   I thought I understood that there were biases in America,” she said.   “But that…the way George Floyd died, as if his life didn’t matter…and worse, the officer seemed to know nothing would happen to him.   It broke my heart.” (p.33) (regarding the 1793 yellow fever epidemic) Benjamin Rush, a Philadelphia civic leader who signed the Declaration of Independence, called on Black people to assist white people to assist and treat sick white people, claiming, without any evidence, that Black people were immune to the deadly illness.   Rush was also a doctor, which lead credibility to his inaccurate positions