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Dear Isaiah Mitchell, and anyone who agrees with him: Black lives matter. There’s so much to correct, but I’ll begin with the basics, the basics of being a human being. While it seems that “raging liberals” or “angry progressives” are the most upset with this article, above the labels, above left and right, it’s human beings that are upset with this article. To say that “for their own self-assurance [people who marched on MLK Jr....

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The white victimhood narrative espoused in Isaiah Mitchell’s recent column as the supposed motive for marching is frankly insulting to the thousands of people marching for diverse, warranted and vitally important causes. Anyone who has attended this march in recent years knows that the implications of structural racism in its many forms are front and center in the signs and voices of the organizations that honor Martin Luther King’s legacy. Labor groups, academics — including...

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OpinionRacism is not dead

January 20, 2018472 min

There are a few people who wanted to know why racism really butters my egg roll. I  give them the obvious answer: I’ve personally experienced it, it’s a rude thing to do, I want to be respected as a human being. These excuses worked well until I was pressed further to give an actual explanation. Those who argue that racism is over now that we live in the 21st century really make me wonder. Is...

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OpinionWhy I did not march

January 16, 20182382 min

There were a few people — friends, professors, Yolanda the Supreme Mabee Guard — who asked me if I was going to march on MLK Jr. Day. I would tell them no, that I had homework and so forth, that I was going to do some writing instead, that I think I may visit my family but who knows? But I don’t have the time — sorry. These stammerings worked well until certain friends pressed...

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“People who bring light into the world wrench it out of darkness and contend openly with darkness all of their days.” I shared this quotation with faculty and staff during opening Faculty Assembly only days before fall classes began. It comes from a book by Krista Tippett, American journalist and host of the “Speaking of Faith” and “On Being” podcasts. Just a few weeks earlier the violent, racially motivated protests on the campus of University...