Tag 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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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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Post-election mandate: Let’s get into some good trouble

I can’t start my days like this anymore — checking the news and seeing the latest assault on truth, decency and the Constitution from the president-elect. Along with the lies and ignorance, each morning brings the “body count” reflecting the … Continue reading

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Scenes from a Black Lives Matter gathering in Syracuse

And by the way, “Democracy in Black,” by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. should be required reading for all white Americans.

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‘You can’t say that anymore’ (unless you’re a racist)

Sunday¬†was the first truly gorgeous day after a long winter — 65 degrees and sunny, perfect for doing yard work. A regrettable decision, in retrospect. I’d been meaning to get rid of an old lawn mower, so I hauled it … Continue reading

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