How can I not talk about Oregon? How can I not talk about the armed terrorists (aka, depending on who you’re listening to: militia, angry old white men, activists, “patriots*” — don’t worry that link takes you to Media Matters, not Fox News, which is the group saying that) who are occupying a wildlife refuge […]Read more "Oregon Under Attack & America’s White Supremacy Problem"
A couple of my co-workers don’t like it when I start to flip through a children’s book. “Oh no,” one has taken to saying whenever I crack one open. “You’re not going to ruin that one for me. I don’t want to hear it.” Another helpfully handed me a book (adult non-fiction) about clouds. “Here’s […]Read more "Why Providing Cultural Critiques of Children’s Books Matters"
The common mythology of the United States is that we were founded by people seeking religious freedom. This is a story we’re all familiar with, and a story that discounts the existence and beliefs of the people who already lived here when Europeans landed on the shores. It discounts the beliefs of the people — […]Read more "Selling Stolen Lands – the Sioux Campaign to Purchase Pe’ Sla"
I don’t know about you, but for me, growing up in public schools the Pledge of Allegiance was part of the morning routine — part of the daily announcements. Every morning, one student would get to lead the rest of us in the Pledge. For a while, this seemed like an honor. After a while, […]Read more "Divided, We Fall"