Talking Black on White NPR

Talking Black on White NPR

Reading time: 3 minutes Have you ever heard the show “It’s Been a Minute” on NPR? It plays on KUOW here in Seattle at 5:00 on Saturday afternoons. One of the things I like about it is that it’s got a different voice and tone than most of NPR....
Why did this White Guy Include “White” in his Insult?

Why did this White Guy Include “White” in his Insult?

The Burned Recycling Bin Reading time: 3 minutes This white guy insulted me and called me “white,” and I never could figure out why he called me white when he was white himself. It was a warm spring evening, a couple of years ago. I was at Cal Anderson Park, this...
Religion isn’t always Precious about Itself

Religion isn’t always Precious about Itself

A Sikh man wearing a turban, with his son wearing a patka Reading time: 2 minutes About five years ago, I was being treated for an ongoing medical problem (which has been resolved, thank goodness). One time, my regular doctor was out of town, so I got a procedure done...
“I Ain’t no AY-rab”

“I Ain’t no AY-rab”

Reading time: 5 minutes I got on an airplane just nine days after 9/11. The atmosphere at Baltimore-Washington international Airport was tense. Everyone was watchful and nervous and on edge. There were National Guardsmen all over the place, in their uniforms, with...
Aibileen’s Secret

Aibileen’s Secret

Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark in “The Help” Reading time: 5 minutes I’ve watched the movie The Help many times over the years, and there’s something about it I never noticed until just the other night. You know that part at the beginning where...

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