The Case for Reparations (June 2014)
“Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.”
The Law Isn’t Neutral (June 2020) Dahlia Lithwick
Dahlia Lithwick spoke with Angela Onwuachi-Willig, the dean of Boston University School of Law, who is a renowned legal scholar and an expert in critical race theory, employment discrimination, and family law.
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (1988)
The author begins to ask what it is like to have white privilege. She has come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that she can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was “meant” to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools, and blank checks. Describing white privilege makes one newly accountable. As we in women’s studies work to reveal male privilege and ask men to give up some of their power, so one who writes about having white privilege must ask, “having described it, what will I do to lessen or end it?”
About the Weary Weaponizing of White Women Tears (Apr. 2018)
Luvvie Ajayi Jones
Picture it: a white woman feels challenged or uncomfortable about something a Black person said or did. Instead of using her words, she cries. Instantly, no matter what the initial catalyst of the situation is, she ends up being appeased, pacified and pampered. Lawd knows we’ve all seen virtual white woman tears shut down conversation, even if she was the instigator of conflict. The other person? Ends up being scolded. Or fired. Or arrested. Or killed. When Lorelei cries, heads roll.
Another Day, Another Hashtag. White People, You Gotta Get to Work NOW (Sept. 2016)
Luvvie Ajayi Jones
White people. Yes, you. Even you nice ones. These things that are happening? These horrifying things that are happening to my people? They are because people who look like you, have set up a system of supremacy that flourishes. It is one that says people who look like me are violent, threats. It doesn’t matter if they’re holding books, wallets, bags of skittles. It is one that allows people to be killed by cops while sitting in their cars. It allows people to be killed while they lay on the ground with their hands showing. It allows people to be killed while walking away. And their murderers are employees of the state. These killings are state-sanctioned.
Five Ways an Anti-Racist White Caucus Supports Diversity and Inclusion (December 2019)
Any organization that truly wants to create a diverse and welcoming environment should get as comfortable cultivating White people as allies to People of Color as we are men as allies to women. One way to do this is to form a White anti-racist resource group or caucus. The White caucus meets regularly to become more self-aware, increase our knowledge of the dynamics of race, and practice skills for allyship.
Ask yourself, why you weren’t the first to speak up, to challenge, to march for those people? Ask yourself that when a Black colleague speaks to you about a dehumanising experience at work, why it isn’t you/other non-Black people who come together en masse to support that person? Ask yourself, why don’t I say anything to people in my family and/or professional circles who perpetuate anti-Blackness? Ask yourself, when issues which affect Black people appear on the news, why do I not feel compelled to act?The answer is because the system of anti-Black racism relies on complicity and rewards you for being complicit, either actively or passively.
In January, months before George Floyd’s killing thrust racial inequity into the spotlight, Minneapolis enacted an ambitious plan in an attempt to address it. It changed land zoning citywide, acknowledging that the history of covenants created housing inequities that persist to this day.
The story of Mildred and Richard Loving whose decade-long fight to live their lives, follow their hearts, and stay in their home culminated in the 1967 landmark case Loving v. Virginia that struck down laws against interracial marriage in the United States.