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    Are We Teaching Our Students to be Racist?

    The room was packed with high school and college students at the Utah Valley University. We had just completed a 75-minute session on racism and the power of the individual to step out of their comfort zone and make a difference and now we were about to start a 75-minute Q&A. There was a restless energy amongst us. My mother, Joan… Read More
     

    White People Killing White People Starts a Movement That Already Existed

    The cynic would would say it wasn’t until a bunch of privileged white children got killed at their school that suddenly gun violence is an issue to them. It points to an irony Civil Rights Activist, Luvaghn Brown, speaks about in the award-winning film, “The Uncomfortable Truth”. Black people killing black people is not what white people are concerned about.… Read More
     

    Black Panther, White Denial

    The parking lot was mostly empty for the 10:15am screening of the "Black Panther" Saturday morning as my son and I pulled into the theater in Pleasant Grove, Utah. We got in line at the concession stand because, yes, even at 10:15am I'm eating popcorn at a movie. The only black person in the entire building paid for his food,… Read More
     

    Meet Them Where They Are

    "The most important audience is the one that's there," I told my mother before we went on stage in Puyallup, WA. That night it was a full house with several hundred people. Another night, in Ohio, only 15 students showed up to listen to my mother speak. In Utah, it was 2,000. The other night in Idaho, I sat there and… Read More
     

    Who Killed Medgar Evers?

    It took us over a year to arrange the moment and the minutes felt like hours when the elevator bell rang and the doors silently slid open. I first met Myrlie Evers at the Atlanta airport in 2011. It was the briefest of encounters which I know she doesn't remember. We were both heading to Jackson, Mississippi for the 50th… Read More
     

    Blame the Adults

    “I don’t blame the kids. I blame the adults.” The silence hung in the air as I uttered those words to the principal of Weber High School in Utah. The President of the NAACP Salt Lake City Chapter recommended that he watch “The Uncomfortable Truth” and put us in contact with each other. I thanked him for recognizing that there… Read More
     

    The Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Teacher Award

    One of the goals of the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation is to inspire students to make a difference in their world, to be civically minded. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was an educator for 30 years and strived to do this everyday in her classroom. We know that teachers have a great opportunity to impact many lives and we want to help… Read More
     

    Which America Is It?

    Hanging on the wall in kitchen of Civil Rights Veteran, Joanne Blackmon Bland's home is a calendar of President Obama. “Yeah, I like looking at that,” Joanne says in her weary but full voice. It’s a bit raspy at times, worn out from decades of fighting for her rights. She was eleven when she marched on the Edmund Pettus Bridge… Read More
     

    The Other Side

    I respect what you have to say just don’t say it. That about sums up the message I received from a relative the other day. Of course, it was a private message. They don’t say these things where other people can comment. So I will. Here is their message: “Loki I respect your right to have an opinion of racism.… Read More
     

    Are You the Safe Anti-Racists

    I had a recent experience that made me realize there is only so far some will go when it comes to being against racism or at least making such proclamations. I now call them the Safe Anti-Racists or Anti-Racist Lites. There are just some places people don’t want to go when it comes to being against racism or seeing that… Read More

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