I knew Anne Braden from the mid 1970’s until her death in March 2006. Of course, I knew of her before then. She was an icon of the Civil Rights Movement (CRM). I was aware she was mentioned by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”...
January 11th, 2012 was the 100th anniversary of the Bread & Roses Strike. It was more than a strike that successfully raised wages and improved working conditions for 250,000 textile workers throughout New England, more than a strike involving over 20,000 mostly...
Talking About Racism Is Too Divisive?
Occupy Wall Street and white privilege (4-part series)
Racism Divides the 99% Tips for White People to Challenge Racism at Occupy Detroit Based on the work by Occupy Seattle & Joel Olsen’s Whiteness & the 99%
White Privilege – Terms and Resources Prepared for the Occupy Detroit Sensitivity and Racial Inclusion Workgroup
Bonnie Cushing talks about White Allyship at YWCA Northern New Jersey.
Like Me, or Respect Me: When Race Makes a Difference
How we appear to others is a pressing matter for most people. We are social beings, and how well we fit with our social partners often determines how well we can lead satisfactory lives and achieve our goals. Prior research has shown that we form impressions about one...
The Two-Dimensional Model of Racial Positioning
In a racially structured society, racial groups are assigned positions in a social hierarchy. In the United States, white people are positioned at the top in the superior position and people of color are placed below in an inferior position. Many will say that black...
Growing Edges for White Allies
As a 30-year veteran of the movement, I know one thing for sure: the struggle against racism is the most unforgiving. It is in no way like saving the animals or the environment, important issues in which I participate and act as an ally. As an African American, I...