Bully Clubs

In the 1800s, the Irish were New York City's "ghetto thugs" and unwelcome "illegal aliens" (ugly words), much the way we think of people of color today. When they were required to defend the North in the Civil War, to risk life and limb for black slaves that most considered subhuman, well, that … Continue reading

White Obliviousness

If you reject the idea of white privilege, please move on, because you will find nothing here to suit your purpose.The flurries of "criming while white" stories merely scratch the surface of illustrating white privilege. These stories just point out a double standard. They don't show much beneath … Continue reading

Police Antagonism and Walking While Black

The latest viral police profiling confrontation is a black man, Brandon McKean, getting stopped by a Michigan cop for walking with his hands in his pockets in freezing cold weather. McKean's video adds another example to the multitude of stories that are coming to white people's attention about how … Continue reading

You’re all Nguyens, Right?

At Walgreens pharmacy today a gentleman, late 60s, was called to pick up his prescription. The pharmacy tech was Asian, presumably Vietnamese, presumably named Nguyen, but I didn't look at his name tag to be certain. When I experience moments like the one, I am consumed with the urge to apologize … Continue reading