The problem with being ‘in solidarity’

Activist spaces are relatively new to me. I was raised in a home where meritocracy, individualism, and competition were more doctrine than questioned discourses. As an adult, I have situated my immigrant homespace in both my heart and schooled-up sociology mind, and I have also found chosen home spaces amongst many activists, scholarly and community-based.…

How research gets race wrong

It is no news to anyone that the United States is becoming a place where whites are no longer the numerical majority of the population. California has been what is called a “majority-minority” state since 2000. What this seemingly nonsensical phrase means is that racial minorities are now the majority of the state’s population, and…

Gary Younge’s column on the Zimmerman verdict

Taken down by the Guardian shortly after being posted, “pending investigation.”  Let it be noted that on this day, Saturday 13 July 2013, it was still deemed legal in the US to chase and then shoot dead an unarmed young black man on his way home from the store because you didn’t like the look…

Connect Four

Remember this game? The logic of the game is simple: connect four of your red or black checkers before your opponent does. Diagonal, Vertical, Horizontal – all acceptable. Pretty basic, right? And yet it seems we are struggling to apply this basic principle outside of the sunshine yellow quadrangle. Let’s do a quick recap of…

How in the hell have I ended up defending teacher education?

I have always been in love with learning. Which means that as a lifelong educator, I have always been in a state of heartbreak working in schools. Learning is idiosyncratic, more unpredictable than predictable. We really don’t know for sure what makes one person, at any given moment, engage in this relatively risky business. Part…

The need to grieve

I was on Mass Ave and Boylston April 15th when the bombs exploded. You’ve heard more than enough to add the details of what it felt like to be there: panic, chaos, helping, screaming, running, falling, being helped up, mass confusion. As I’ve been feeling the adrenaline pulse its half-life through my veins, I’ve been…