The Good, Racist People

I have been thinking about Ta-Nehisi Coates‘s op-ed in The New York Times ever since it was published. I’ve discussed it in my classes and plan on using it, permanently, in my Intercultural Communication courses. Do yourself a favor and read his piece. He provides one of the most compelling, self-reflexive questions we can ask ourselves– If a person is prejudiced, is s/he still a good person? I continue to carry his words with me on my imperfect journey through this world. In sum, “The idea that racism lives in the heart of particularly evil individuals, as opposed to the heart of a democratic society, is reinforcing to anyone who might, from time to time, find their tongue sprinting ahead of their discretion.”


Occupy Your Education

When I was a Ph.D. student, my desk, in an office crammed with teaching assistants, was next to Jerzy’s. Jerzy, as we all called him, was simply the sagest, coolest graduate student in the program. How appropriate to read his comments about social justice and higher education this morning. Dr. Del Gandio, you’re still sage and cool in my eyes.

Occupy Your Education: A Note to Students about Changing the World


The White House Through a Different Lens

Have you ever wondered what life is really like at The White House?  Now, thanks to Chief White House Photographer Pete Souza and a suggestion, over a year ago, we don’t have to wonder any longer.  Today marks the one year anniversary of The Photo of the Day.  Souza, himself chose his top 10 favorites of the past year.  I’ve included two of my favorites below.  The first is of the President and First Lady as they journeyed in Panama City Beach, Florida.  The second features the President greeting a youngster at The White House.  For more White House photos, be sure to follow their Flickr page as well.