A 'Whitesplaining' Email From Bruce

Dear Professor:

The last president bombed the shit out of people of color for 8 years.  I think it is not white, black but predatory policies not aligned whatsoever with the melena content present in skin.  Divisive  rhetoric will actually cause more divisiveness. But you know this, you are a PHD so this must be your intent.  

Sincerely, 

Bruce Scheer

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In Defense of Survivors

On November 13, 2013, entertainment news (read tabloid) company TMZ uncovered a police report naming Florida State University freshman quarterback and Heisman frontrunner, Jameis Winston. This is not an essay about Jameis Winston, per se. I will not engage in speculating about the nature of Winston’s involvement or his understanding of happenings other than those defended to be consensual. I do, however, wish to address broader topics and systems of oppression converging to create an familiar narrative about rape culture, sport, and exceptionalism in defense of rape survivors.

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More Children Left Behind?

This weekend, town halls in association with NBC News’ Education Nation introduced a number of different concerns within our nation’s educational system. Dr. Melissa Harris Perry hosted several students whom brought to the fore their concerns related to school safety, criminalization of youth, unfair academic standards, and additional social and economic challenges impeding their success and that of their peers. While much of my current work examines issues social justice organizing in education, particularly student activism in college, I want to use this space to engage an ongoing concern for K-12 educators and students, the Common Core State Standards (CSSS).

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JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON: Now What?

I was sitting in a loft on the South Side of Dallas (TX) late last night when the verdict was reported. Like you, I was greatly disappointed, even angry, but not at all surprised to hear “we the jury find the defendant ... not guilty.” It was as if the attempt to objectively and unemotionally read the verdict conveyed the inevitable truth of George Zimmerman’s legal innocence, perhaps as convincingly as his definitive guilt in many of our minds. I knew the time was approaching, but yet and still, I immediately felt deflated and unprepared for a productive response, individually or as a community of socially conscious citizens against injustice. 

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Not Impartial

By now, we have all become very familiar with Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old Black boy who was murdered in Sanford, Florida at the hands of George Zimmerman who now stands trial for second-degree murder. Recently, we were also made aware that jury selection has concluded, and not without critiques and concerns from the public personal invested in the outcome of this case. The jurors, all six of whom are women, (five are white, one is Latina) are cause for at least some rightful worry. Fully understanding the complexities of public concern requires we look into the not-so-distant past where, in the summer of 1955 in Sumner, Mississippi, a 14-year old Black boy was murdered.

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A Sad Day for Kappa?

Over the last several days, news regarding the union of Robert Brown and Nathaneal Gay has exposed Black homophobia yet again. While only one-half of the union is a actually a member of Kappa Alpha Psi (which is rather irrelevant altogether), Greeks and non-Greeks alike have opposed and mocked the couple's milestone. In my own e-mail, various messages from listservs arrived without haste, one of which had a subject line reading "Oh No, Sad Day for Kappa." Really? Why is this a sad day for Kappa? 

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You Are Not Alone: Black Male Feminists In Action

Male feminism, and Black male feminism in particular, are relatively new topics within the male-female discourses. With the growing global dissatisfaction and intolerance for injustice, especially the now highly-visible oppression of women and girls, this conversation is as pertinent as ever.

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