As a Minority Student at Mizzou, The Racial Tensions There Didn’t Surprise Me


This week’s events at the University of Missouri don’t surprise me one bit. As a graduate student in Mizzou’s journalism school with a Japanese and Jewish background, I know what it’s like to be a minority. There, I am regularly reminded that I am different. Without [...]

Marrow Weary—How Deeply Rooted Racism is in the Fight For Equal Education


A one minute review of the recent events unfolding, as it seems that’s all the time we have left. As of August 30t, 2015, I will no longer be a Local School Council Facilitator, as my medium, and long term goals conflict with this [...]

I, Racist


What follows is the text of a “sermon” that I gave as a “congregational reflection” to an all White audience at the Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ on Sunday, June 28th. The sermon was begun with a reading of The Good Samaritan story, and [...]

A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza


I created #BlackLivesMatter with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, two of my sisters, as a call to action for Black people after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder and the killer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the [...]

Irene Robinson Cries, “Mayor You Stole My Children’s Safe, Sane Neighborhood School”


Surrounded by girls, Rasheed Curtis, 6, talks about why Overton should stay open before the last day of school at Overton Elementary School, June 19, 2013. | Jessica Koscielniak ~ Sun-Times Mayor You Stole My Children’s Safe, Sane Neighborhood SchoolA second open letter from Irene Robinson [...]