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If you’re a white person, and you’re talking to people of color about a prominent person of their same race or ethnic origin, you can’t ever be too respectful… Not “MLK” but “Dr. King”

 

Have you seen the video of these two Scottish guys who try to get a voice-activated lift (elevator) to understand what they’re saying? What if they were black? … So These Two Scottish Guys get onto a Lift…

The House My Mother-in-Law Lived In

The House My Mother-in-Law Lived In

My mother-in-law lived the first five years of her life in a sharecropper’s cabin: two 15×15 rooms, one on top of the other, inadequate heat, no air conditioning — and the reason I understood even a little how hard it would have been is because I lived in a similar place myself…

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Talking About Race with a White Co-Worker I Barely Know

Talking About Race with a White Co-Worker I Barely Know

Last Tuesday was my second day at a new job. In a new state. In a new town. In a part of the country that at least supposedly is more conservative than Seattle. Where almost everybody is white. But I took a chance and talked about something having to do with race. With a white coworker who I’d only just met for the first time on Monday…

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White Faces at the Wiener Dog Races

White Faces at the Wiener Dog Races

Last weekend I went to the Oktoberfest celebration here in town, and I watched the Wiener Dog races. When I posted some photos and video of the event on Facebook, Kyle texted me to ask where all black people were. “I mean black people drink beer too,” he pointed out…

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Italian Plums Start Me on a Journey

Italian Plums Start Me on a Journey

The first time I left Seattle to move far away, my dad gave me a big yellow bucket full of Italian plums. I left at this same time of year, and the plums were really ripe. This year, the plums aren’t as ripe. But still, I’ll have a big container full of Italian plums as I drive away from Seattle…

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The Joys of Using What I’ve Learned about Islam

The Joys of Using What I’ve Learned about Islam

A little over a year ago, I took a training on “Developing Cultural Awareness About Islam” that was offered at the Dispute Resolution Center of King County. The very next morning – and I mean the very next morning – I was in court and I got a case to mediate in which one of the clients was Muslim…

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