Notes From The Dominican Republic (Day 1 1/2): Building [Black] Bonds

I’m finished watching the sun rise over the Caribbean Sea before I head out for the official program of the ASWAD conference, where I am scheduled to speak on race and politics after the Obama presidency.  So far, every step of the way, my trip has been filled with so many new connections. Beginning with my flight, where I met an older Dominican couple. We … Continue reading Notes From The Dominican Republic (Day 1 1/2): Building [Black] Bonds

What The Trayvon Martin Halloween Costume Tells Us

Been wrestling with my conscience all day as to how productive sharing this picture would be. Apparently, some people thought it’d be funny to get in blackface and be Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman for Halloween. I think it’s vital for people to understand how real institutional racism is when looking at the current disparities that exist in America. But now that I’m looking at … Continue reading What The Trayvon Martin Halloween Costume Tells Us

Trayvon, And The Complicity of White Privilege

This post was written by Gabriel Baillargeon, a photographer based in the western Massachusetts area.  “White is an attitude, not a color.” – James Baldwin Recently, in mid-July of this year, I had been one of the few white faces that had attended the Trayvon Martin Candlelight Vigil held at the courthouse in Springfield, Massachusetts. The rest of those who attended represented the many generations … Continue reading Trayvon, And The Complicity of White Privilege