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Letter to a White Student Who Doesn’t Want to be Call “White” in a Class on Race

Reading Time: 8 minutesRacism happens because white people are white; not because people have color. And I am not saying this because I am trying to hurt white individuals. I want us to understand why race exists, so we can decide if we want to keep a system that is the opposite of the values we claim to hold as U.S. citizens. And I want to give my students the knowledge to make an informed decision about what perspectives they decide to use as they look at the world. I want you all to understand how race functions in the world so that you can make informed decisions about your own actions. This is the purpose of this class.

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White women are the fuel for the Patriarchy and they are burning themselves alive

Reading Time: 3 minutesThere are more white women in Alabama and every other state in the nation than there are white men. So, we can thank the women for the laws that put every woman in the nation at risk physically, legally, and economically. White women are the gatekeepers to any political district. They did this because it couldn’t have happened without them.

And you know what? They knew exactly what they were doing when they elected this legislature. They do not care. Their husbands and sugar daddies can afford to put them on a plane and uber them from the airport to the clinic in New York City for their abortions – and make no mistake, that’s happening now and will continue to happen because it always has.

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Mad as Hell and Full of Compassion

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Dalai Lama has said, “Suffering should make us angry. This type of anger moves us toward a wrathful compassion to take action to end suffering.”

Society as a whole suffers when women don’t have control of their own bodies. Women’s rights are human rights.

In order for a woman to control her destiny, she must have the right to control her own body.

And this includes her right to be angry.

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Brene Brown: Not Everyone Has the Privilege of Vulnerability

Reading Time: 3 minutesI can think of black women leaders who have told me that they cannot afford to be vulnerable at work because they would lose their jobs. When a black woman feels anger and expresses it at work, she is labeled an angry black woman. When a white woman does the same thing, it is called righteous indignation and the white makes support her.

At the end of the day, what my beloved Brene Brown is saying ( I am absolutely certain that it is unconscious on her part) is that we should liberate our vulnerabilities in a culturally white way to create deeper connections in a way that is appropriate is culturally white settings.

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Reading Time: 3 minutesThe research showed that while 80 percent of the globe’s total farmland is used to rear livestock, this produces just 18 percent of total food calories and 35 percent of protein. It also accounts for 58 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, 57 percent of water pollution, and 56 percent of air pollution.

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New York Times: What Happens When Women Stop Leading Like Men

Reading Time: 4 minutesDuring thousands of years of civilization, women have evolved to deal with the intractable perplexities of life and find means of peaceful coexistence where men have traditionally found roads to conflict. Women have accumulated rich ways of knowing that until recently were dismissed in male circles of power. The alchemy of what has made women the way they are is mysterious: Is it a result of centuries spent trying to survive and prosper in societies where they’ve been viewed as lesser? Or, until recently, of always being appointed the family caregiver, bearing and raising children, tending to elderly parents and disabled siblings, so often left to shoulder the unpaid burdens of real life? Women have learned and taught lessons about how to cope with seeming impossibilities in ways that men traditionally — and to this day — have not. Coaching a slow learner on homework after a day of hassles at the office provides a deep experience of delayed gratification. A woman’s wisdom comes, in part, from the great juggle of her life.

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