Butler, a white man taking a stand against slavery

Who was Benjamin Franklin Butler, and why would anyone care? I am in the process of exploring ideas for my third novel, and am considering Butler as a historical character. My two previous novels – White Bread and The Inheritance – have featured present-day educators wrestling with social justice issues that link the present with […]

Book Review: Trace

Trace is a beautifully written, award-winning account of Lauret Savoy’s digging into the layers and crevices of history, time, and place in a quest to identify strands of her identity. I am grateful to my friend and colleague Running Grass of Three Circles Center for drawing my attention to Savoy’s work. In Trace, Savoy details […]

Genealogy and Anti-Racism: A Resource for White People 

I want to connect my love of genealogy with the work of anti-racism. As a child and teenager, I loved genealogy. With handwritten charts and typed biographies, I had no question about the goodness of what I was doing. I was honoring and preserving the past. What could be better? Eventually, I went off to […]

Confronting Racism at Home

As a white teacher educator who has taken on the “daunting” (Sleeter, 2008) work of antiracist education with preservice teachers, the work of critical family history is beginning to play a key role in my classroom. Importantly, critical family history is giving me insights into my family’s complicity in the fight against multiculturalism, as it […]

Preventing Home-Grown White Terrorism

A few days ago, white supremacist Jeremy Joseph Christian stabbed three men — Ricky Best, Taliesin Namkai-Meche and Micah Fletcher — on a train in Portland, Oregon because they were defending two young women, one of whom wore a hijab, from Christian’s racist rant. Two of the men died immediately, victims of home-grown white terror. Christian, who […]

The First Step Towards Healing

Have you ever felt disenfranchised, bullied or marginalized? How about the feeling of simply not fitting in within your environment? For some, this describes their adolescent years. For too many others this experience repeats itself throughout life. Many experience such to the extent of feeling like outsiders daily. The first step towards healing is admitting […]

A Critical Race Theory look at Teacher education

In the U.S., achievement gaps by race/ethnicity persist. I will use Critical Race Theory to ask what teacher education is doing to address them. But first, let’s look at the gaps themselves. I like to use data from the National Assessment of Education Progress, because it has been given to samples of students since the […]

Theft of Indigenous Peoples’ Land

In a recent article I wrote about ancestors who, in different states and at different times, acquired land very cheaply from the state rather than from a specific person, and my realization that they had profited directly from the U.S. government’s theft of Indigenous peoples’ land. On two occasions in the last month, I have been asked how […]

Four Generations of One Family’s Perspectives on Racism

During my doctoral program, I conducted two mini-studies on race and racism. The first was with successful Black professionals coping with micro aggressions in the workplace. I presented the findings from this study at the 2014 Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) conference in Houston where the audience had some interesting follow-up questions that led […]

Good Liberal White People?

“Our philosophy of life is that a man must teach his child to increase the goodness in the world more than his father before him… [My wife] is an English teacher. I hope some day to become a teacher of social studies and a high school counselor and advisor. We believe we can, through our […]

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