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12 Reasons Ending Racism is (Also) Good for White People

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It’s a familiar bleeding-heart refrain sung in support of liberal initiatives, or to push back on conservatives: “Millions will suffer/are suffering! We can’t let this happen!” Lately we’re singing it a lot in response to hot topics like police shootings, poverty, the GOP’s proposed healthcare bill, and DeVos’s education budget. […]

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Six Ideas Progressives Need to Get Clear in a Trump World

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This didn’t feel like an election. I’ve voted in elections and weathered their results, for better or worse, for 28 years. This felt more like a relationship breakup, or the death of a loved one. I’ve also weathered those – the shock, betrayal, grief, anger and disorientation. The waves of […]

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6 Reasons Why “All Lives Matter” Is Neither Fair Nor Helpful

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One week: Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Dallas.  Finally, the number of White people moved to action against racism is reaching a tipping point, yet tired clichés like “violence isn’t the answer” and “we must unite” threaten to keep us stuck.  “All Lives Matter” is perhaps the kindest and least helpful […]

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Anti-LGBT Bills Threaten Real Lives, Based on False Ideas

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The Wall Street Journal recently published an eye-catching op-ed from Georgia State Senator William Lignon titled “Why Are Companies Taking Sides Against Religious Liberty?” The Senator expressed confusion and concern over the corporate backlash against his state’s “religious freedom” bill which contributed to Governor Deal’s veto. The questions Lignon raises […]

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‘The 6 C’s’ to Showing Up as a White Ally

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Trying to be a good white person can be frustrating, challenging and downright bewildering.  White people have few role models — outside bigots and hate groups — on how to talk about race, behave with people of color, or be a white ally and doing so in the workplace is extra daunting […]

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Should White People Do Diversity Work?

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As a multilingual, culturally and racially ambiguous woman who’s been doing some form of diversity work for almost 25 years, I occasionally find myself having awkward conversations with potential clients about my identity. These conversations involve questions like, “Are you diverse?” or “Wait, you’re White?” or statements like “Thank you, […]

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Dear White People: Exactly What Are We So Afraid Of?

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Dear White People: I’m one of you, and I just don’t understand you some times. I understand you less and less lately.  When I heard of outcry over Beyoncé’s halftime performance, I was confused.  Did I  miss a titillating wardrobe malfunction due to some broadcast delay?  Had I been so […]

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Strategically Increasing Diversity vs. “We’re Too White”

One of the many positive effects of #BlackLivesMatter and the broader visibility of police violence against black people in the U.S. is an increased motivation among white people and their organizations to do something. I recently had yet another conversation with an organizational leader about “doing something,” specifically “increasing our […]

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‘Not Judging’ Doesn’t Work: Mindful Discernment Does

Susana Rinderle

As a professional in diversity, inclusiveness and leadership, I often hear clients talk about “not judging” as a positive goal. I especially notice white people going out of their way to “not judge” others and to be perceived as nonjudgmental. As is sometimes the case with good people starting out […]

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