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Ashland, MA

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September 12, 2015

Do you believe racism has been eradicated?

Sadly not...opportunities and so much more are NOT equal. Racism is deeply ingrained in U.S. cultures and systems.

Do you believe that whiteness plays a role in racism?

Yes. We swim in the waters of white supremacy (white pp have more power...we see it in U.S. culture and history). I benefit from that, as all other white people do too.

Do you have a favorite author/blogger/musician/artist/ film/etc. focusing on racism? Why?

Debby Irving who wrote "Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race" helped me begin to understand racism and the white person's part in it. Reading "The New Jim Crow" blew my mind! I recommend it to you to read (or listen to book on CD) if you haven't yet. "The Warmth of Other Suns" about the Great Migration is very informative too, as is "The Half Has Never Been Told" about slavery. New fav.: "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" by Beverly Daniel Tatum: "...we pay a price for our silence. Unchallenged personal, cultural, & institutional racism results in the loss of human potential, lowered productivity, and a rising tide of fear and violence in our society." I am extremely grateful for these and other authors. I keep a list of my recommendations on my resource blog:


I started "waking up white" early 2015. Since then I have been breaking the silence of racism, reading, listening, blogging a resource (, organizing, going to as many meetings as I can, protesting...I look forward to working with you.

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I appreciate the supportive, diverse and knowledgeable leadership, and engaged members! Thanks for being in the game!

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