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The Education of a Middle-Aged White Lady

I am aware that I have the privilege of deciding every day whether I want to do the work. I don’t have to be involved in or care about dismantling racism because of my white skin. The system serves me. But I know too much now to turn back. If I believe I am a decent human, then I do have to care and be involved.

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Debate and Protest

The change you seek in a debate is not with the opposing party in the debate. That is not the point of the interaction, and it is not why you engage.  Hillary wasn’t there to change Trump’s mind or vice versa. We know this, and yet far too often we forget this when it comes to our personal debates.

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Jessica Dally
Tacoma Has Put Nazis On Notice

For too long, the hope had always been that we can ignore white supremacists and they'll go away. We'd frustratingly - yet far too quietly - complained when they would plaster their racist propaganda posters around town or hang their banners on an overpass of I-5. But this year has been different. In 2018, Tacoma in uniting to tell these unwelcome guests that it’s time to go.

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Nazis Are Rioting On Our Doorstep

We all watched in horror as the news coverage of the white nationalist marches and subsequent clashes with counterprotesters unfolded in Charlottesville, VA, last year. How such a brazen display of white supremacy could play out publicly in a US city in 2017 seemed unfathomable to many watching. Unfortunately, as we've seen since then, it wasn't an isolated incident. And now, it's happening just down I-5 from the South Sound in Portland - of all places.

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The Opposite of Free Speech | Diversity

Making space for honest, equal disagreement is not a simple matter – since such discussion has a way of bringing up embarrassing points for people in power, people in power often seek to prevent such discussions.

Such spaces are, however, essential for a just world. Recent protest movements such as the Occupy movement and Black Lives Matter, which I write about in my recent book “Nonviolence Ain’t What It Used To Be: Unarmed Insurrection and the Rhetoric of Resistance,” can be understood as desperate attempts to crowbar open public space for such awkward but necessary discussions.

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Steven Ketelsen