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How to Respond to a Racist Comment  

People will say all kinds of offensive things if they think you share their views. Take, for example, this terrific essay by Katherine Fugate, in which a locksmith assumes she wants sturdy locks to keep out all the potential black intruders (though he uses an uglier word). Or Trump’s blithe assumption that everyone…Read more… Continue […]

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Use This Tool to Tell How Segregated Your School District Really Is

One would like to think that decades of social progress would have erased racial segregation in education, but a 2013 study from the Economic Policy Institute found that America’s schools are more segregated now than they were in 1973. This is largely due to decades of discriminatory housing policy, which keeps white…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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What is the DSA?

Maybe you’ve got a few particularly vocal friends who keep posting about the Democratic Socialists of America. Maybe you’ve noticed more and more people in your Twitter feed with a rose emoji in their profile name, or maybe you noticed protesters with DSA signage countering white supremacist rallies in recent weeks.…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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11 Kids’ Books That Will Help Them Understand the Struggle for Racial Equality

My kids are in a diverse school, and their teachers are committed to regular, frank discussions about American history, civil rights, and the ongoing fight for social justice in the United States. I discuss current events with them as much I can without scaring them—my older son has developed a not-unreasonable fear…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Encourage Your (White) Pastor to Speak Out Against White Supremacy 

Events in Charlottesville broke on Friday night and Saturday, and by late Saturday night a good number of America’s priests and ministers were scrambling to re-write whatever homilies and sermons they’d prepped for the next morning. I came across this tweet, by Traci Blackmon, the executive minister of…Read more… Continue Reading at

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How to Talk With Religious Conservatives About LGBT Rights

Discussing LGBT rights in conservative religious communities can be particularly challenging, both for people who are newly out and for those of us who simply wish that everyone would just hurry up and get with the civil-rights program. One can feel that those who reject the rights of LGBT people on religious grounds…Read more… Continue […]

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