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Knowing Deah, Yusor and Razan

February 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

If you are anything like me, you abandoned all hope of any other work yesterday that didn’t involve closely following the reporting and commentary on the Chapel Hill shootings of Deah, Razan, and Yusor. Since the man who murdered these young people was an atheist and I am too, I was paying special attention to my community’s response. That’s ...

The P.C. police are coming for you

February 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

In a recent article for Vitae, Professor Rob Jenkins entered the revolving debate on the ills of political correctness by pondering the scintillating question of “how do we decide what’s offensive?” Hmmm. On its face it’s just an innocent question, we all wonder from time to time how to determine whether something causes offense or is ...

Women on the front line and how to #ShutItDown from miles away

December 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

The day after Thanksgiving, I was surrounded by hundreds of other Black Friday protesters in the middle of Water Tower Place in Chicago. We were calling Black Friday “Brown Friday” and demanding that shoppers don’t give one more cent to a capitalist society who cares more about protecting storefronts than protecting lives. We circled ...

What Happened this Week: Friday Links

October 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Curious about what’s been happening on the web this week? Here’s your round-up of events, issues, and news of the day: Felicia Day spoke out about #GamerGate and was promptly doxxed, just as she feared. How well does Hollywood deal with and portray mental illness, pretty poorly, as it happens. Despite the fact that people with mental illness ...

Your whiteness is a factor

October 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Because I am an activist and educator I have a LOT of conversations about privilege and about whiteness. These conversations are almost always difficult, partly because the word privilege has a lot of connotations that make it a somewhat confusing word, and also because in our culture people often have a hard time admitting that maybe they have an ...