White Women Reacting to my “Hands off the Hair” post

White Women Reacting to my “Hands off the Hair” post

Reading time: 3 minutes I’ve noticed something. When I give talks, about diversity or the lessons I’ve learned from being a mediator, a lot of times people will come up to me afterwards and tell me stories about something that’s related to what I was...
“Hands off the Hair”

“Hands off the Hair”

Reading time: 5 minutes “Hands off the Hair” The other day, I saw an African-American woman wearing a T-shirt that read “Hands off the Hair.” This was at St. Therese Catholic Church in Leschi, where I go to the Sunday noon mass once a month or so. It’s a mixed-race...
Guess What?  My Husband is Black!

Guess What? My Husband is Black!

Outside the building where I worked Reading time: 4 minutes You probably noticed that I wrote about how I moved to central Oregon to take a job. And you may have noticed that my last post started out by saying, “Kyle and I drove down to Bend to pack up the rest of my...
What Makes Me An Approachable White Person?

What Makes Me An Approachable White Person?

The makeshift memorial at 29th and Union, just after the shootings on October 31st, 2009. Reading time: 3 minutes Just over eight years ago, two police officers were shot at the corner of 29th and Union in Seattle. One officer, Timothy Brenton, died at the scene. The...
The Small Town Where I’m Living Now

The Small Town Where I’m Living Now

People at the Bend Oktoberfest, waiting for the Wiener Dog Races. I can’t see a person of color among them. Reading time: 2 minutes Two months ago yesterday, I arrived in the small town of Bend, Oregon. I started a job here on September 25th. I haven’t...

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