Category Archives: racism

Go ahead and trespass — as long as you’re white

OK, I was trespassing. I won’t go into why or where, but I was on someone’s property without legitimate reason. A neighbor appeared and asked what I was up to. He was fine with my explanation for being there, even … Continue reading

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Tell me, what would they see in your eyes?

On a downtown street in Lansing, Mich., a woman asked for our help. She was with her daughter, about 7 years old. We could see in the woman’s eyes several things: warmth, strength, wariness. In the young girl’s, shyness. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Death-row attorney’s message of hope amid injustice

At one point during Bryan Stevenson’s lecture on injustice and mass incarceration in America, the young man in his 20s seated next to me in the crowded auditorium quietly wiped tears from his face, trying to be as inconspicuous as … Continue reading

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