I've been trying to make my way out of the swamp of white privilege for 20 years. I've definitely taken some wrong turns. I've made more progress since quitting academia and beginning to unschool full time. I'm learning how to listen. So despite all these wrong turns, now I think working toward being an anti-racist white person is pretty simple. This is what I've come to: listen, speak, act.
I am on fire But not the empowering kind Not the athletic kind Not the sprinter burning toward a finish line, hands ready to hold up the sky in victory. The kind where you stand outside a house beyond saving and watch it burn, just starting to feel the loss. I am on fire, but... Continue Reading →
I woke up this morning with a post on my mind, a list of all the things I must embrace because my daughter is autistic. I embrace the fact that she's afraid of movies and I won't be able to watch a movie with her for a very long time if ever. Instead, I embrace... Continue Reading →
I didn't post for a while as I finished--and recovered from--graduate school. I put aside this winter to do some "deschooling" as unschooling families talk about, some finding myself, some peace after 25 years of school and pressure. A friend I know watched the tv show Cops for 6 months after she finished her dissertation.... Continue Reading →
This blog started four years ago, with a co-authored letter about 32% fee hikes at the University of California, fee hikes accompanied by professor furloughs and drastic cuts. It started during a month when I thought that if I poured myself into activism--working from 6am-10pm organizing and writing and researching--I could stop the university I... Continue Reading →