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In the aftermath of Charlottesville…

Here we are again. This time racism emerges in explicit form — complete with KKK and Nazi metaphors and symbols. The events of this past weekend in Charlottesville, VA at the “unite the right” rally are yet one more time we need to stand vigilantly and clearly against racism. Some resources which are emerging. Here is James Martin (and a list below the video of other resources):

Marlon James on racism in Minnesota

It’s been a long week. After nearly five days of deliberation the jury acquitted Jeronimo Yanez of the accusation of manslaughter against Philando Castile. I’m still trying to wrap my head about that one.

Marlon James, the Booker Award winning novelist who teaches at Macalester College put it this way:

10 years of living in Minnesota as a “big, black guy” has led me to a gradual though futile “reduction” of myself to get closer. I have a big global voice, but a small local one, because I don’t want to be a target, and resent that in 2017, that’s still the only choice I get to have.

His whole essay is a clear, succinct, grounded and deeply indicting description of Minnesota. I wish I could say he was wrong, but I’m certain he is right.

For white parents: bringing the resistance home

In the wake of Jordan Edwards’ death, we need to remember each other, and re-member our communities into beloved communities. Here is Gail Kirshenbaum’s plea to white parents:

Imagine if the hundreds of thousands of parents who mobilized around the country to fight high-stakes testing now start mobilizing as anti-racist parents. Anti-racist parenting can be—must be—community parenting. Imagine if white people believed that this fight was not “for” people of color, but for every one of us. If we could finally see how racism has damaged our own minds and hearts and is damaging our children.

That would put both love and justice at the center of the fight.

That’s how we play the long game against Donald Trump.