The ambivalence of liberalism

So you get this sort of ambivalent response – we’ll embrace the idea, but we will not embrace the reality. – john a. powell, A Civil Conversation with Krista Tippet, On Being, March 10, 2015 This statement by john a. powell has been haunting me since I read it a week or so ago. My…

It’s all personal

There’s also the language of personal responsibility, which suggests really that there’s no institutional and structural responsibility. There’s no collective responsibility. If you’re not doing well, it’s not because of anything that we in society have done. It’s not because of our history, our legacy of Jim Crow, segregation, exploitation and subordination; it’s all personal.…

What. Planet.

I can’t decide today not to be black, because the world will insist that I am black, and there are institutions and arrangements that define me that way. I can’t decide not to be black and go in New York and hail a cab. The first cab drivers driving by are not inside my own…