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What I was learning was that even though I didn’t consciously consider white skin to be a marker of superiority, I nonetheless had been socialized to believe that was true AND I had spent much of my life acting in good-intentioned ways that nonetheless perpetuated that damaging myth.
On March 14th tens of thousands of students, possibly as many as a million, walked out of their classrooms to protest gun violence.  
After the February 14, 2018 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, courageous students who just endured the unthinkable are stepping up to create a movement for change and hold the adults accountable.
Recently I had the chance to spend time with an amazing group of participatory democracy activists and scholars
February is Black History Month, a time to reflect and celebrate the many achievements of African Americans and a time for recognizing their critical role in U.S. history. For over 150 years, historically black colleges and universities — more commonly called HBCUs -- have undeniably affected how African Americans gain access to education and new levels of social and economic structures. HBCUs created what we know as the black middle class and culture of activism, civic participation and democratic discourse.
The writings of Martin Luther King continue to urge me to clearer sight and greater urgency on issues of racial justice.
For every one professional athlete, thousands of amateurs play pickup games in the spare time.  For every Broadway actor, hundreds take up theater as a hobby on a community stage. 
Freshly-grown fruits and vegetables used to be a staple in most rural communities, but they are now mostly the stuff of privileged white people. Ostensibly, we would all agree that there is nothing wrong with a mother who wants “good nutrition” for her child. But at what point is “good nutrition” really just code for “entrenched social status?”
Joshua Glenn was 16 years old when police officers arrested and charged him with aggravated assault with a weapon. “They tried to say I shot a guy,” said Glenn. After spending 18 months in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, Glenn is taking on Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system. And he’s not alone.  
There was a time I liked to think of myself as a good person. Like most “good people” if you had asked me if I was racist I would have answered with a resounding “Of course not!” But I have come to learn it’s not that simple. Growing up as a mixed brown and white woman in a mostly white suburb I was used to being on the lookout for micro-aggressions and outright hostility. What evaded me was the idea that I could be continuing the cycle of racism. “I’m brown, so obviously I’m not racist” was a favorite refrain.

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