They are above the law! and other lies about protesters

Lies about protesters You know what the presence of protesters from out of town represents? I’ll give you a hint. It doesn’t have anything to do with Fox’s make-believe “outside agitator” messaging or lend credence whatsoever that protesters are paid like mercenaries. It indicates that people all across the United States still look to Ferguson as the mecca of protest against Keep reading!

Dear angry lady who drove into protesters:

I’m confused, angry lady. When I faced you on HW I-70, I was anxiously holding hands with fellow protesters as you sat in your air-conditioned SUV. You screamed out your window that we should let you pass because you were late to a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) meeting. I admit I snickered when you said it. As friends and I continued Keep reading!

Black Lives are more important than your convenience

Tired of the Black Lives Movement? I haven’t re-laced my Chuck Taylor’s after St. Louis County police made me remove them so I didn’t “off” myself in jail. Or whatever. That’s one of the downsides to standing in solidarity on an eight lane highway in rush hour traffic to raise awareness that Black Lives Matter. Still. Highway I-70 is the Keep reading!

We do this for Mike Brown

Why fight? We do this for Mike Brown. I’m not the same person I was a year ago, since Mike Brown was killed in cold blood. I’ve been introduced to my own white privilege and rightly had my ass handed to me when I exerted it. I know what white fragility is for the first time in my life. I’ve Keep reading!

Racism: the fallacy of “the one bad apple”

I attended two anti-racism protests on Father’s Day because, of course. Predominately white activists participated in the “Wake up, Speak up, Act up: A Call to White Fathers and White People of St. Louis” action in Forest Park in the morning. Those driving through the park who would roll their windows down were offered a leaflet asking white people to Keep reading!

Assata taught me I’m an asshole

Assata taught me I’m an asshole. That’s right. A complete tool. I didn’t know who Assata Shakur was before September 2014 because I’m white. I bet if you are white and reading this, you aren’t sure who Assata Shakur is. It’s okay. Admitting you’re an asshole is the first step. Hanging out in front of the Ferguson Police Department as Keep reading!

Officer made choice, not mistake, to kill Walter Scott

I clicked on the video of the South Carolina police officer murdering Walter Scott by shooting the fifty year old veteran father in the back though I refuse to watch any of the ISIS beheading videos. The video of Scott’s murder was as grotesque as I imagine the ISIS videos to be, but I think the reason I watched this one Keep reading!

Teachable moments about racism: Who are they for?

Teachable moments are for us all I attended the University of Oklahoma for undergrad as well as law school back when big shoulder pads were exceeded only by the bigness of your hair. I pledged Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta) as a freshman at OU and thwarted all predictions when I became an officer (social director twice & V.P. in charge Keep reading!

Protest attire: ways to stand out in a crowd

Protest attire: what does it say about you? Are you projecting the image you want when you get dressed to go to a protest? What does your outfit say about you? There are reasons one might want to tone down protest attire. You may not have declared that extra job on your taxes. Or suppose you told friends to meet Keep reading!

2014 in review: it was absurd

Absurd & surprising describes 2014 in review for me 2014 Resolutions: some achieved, some re-purposed Consistent with my usual New Year’s goals last January, I thought that I’d find gainful employment in 2014, lose those seven pounds that forever torment me, become mentally healthier, become physically stronger, improve the lives of my kids, increase my happiness, discover the meaning of Keep reading!