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...
The House My Mother-in-Law Lived In

The House My Mother-in-Law Lived In

Not the actual house my mother-in-law grew up in, but you get the idea. Reading time: 4 minutes The first Christmas I went to visit Kyle’s family, my father-in-law took all of us on a trip around the area, to see some of the places that he and my mother-in-law had...
Talking About Race with a White Co-Worker I Barely Know

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

Dr. Caprice Hollins, of Cultures Connecting. She’s the one I talk about in this post. Reading time: 2 minutes 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...
White Faces at the Wiener Dog Races

White Faces at the Wiener Dog Races

Humans prepping their Wiener Dogs for the final heat Reading time: 2 minutes Last weekend I went to the Oktoberfest celebration here in town, and I watched the Wiener Dog races. Yes, I went to watch Wiener Dog races. It sounded silly when I read about it, but I hadn’t...
Italian Plums Start Me on a Journey

Italian Plums Start Me on a Journey

Reading time: 2 minutes The first time I left Seattle to move far away, my dad gave me a big yellow bucket full of Italian plums. They came from the tree that was on the property where his business was. I ate on those plums all the way to Chicago, and they were...

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