This Week’s 5: Robbing FEMA to Pay ICE (Again)

Author's Note: This Week's 5 is a weekly collection of stories designed to provide insight into how racism works and serve as an easily accessible resource for people trying to have nuanced discussions about these issues. For more explanation on how This Week's 5 works and descriptions of each of the categories, click here. Overt Representative Steve King saying racist things is about as consistent a bet as the sun rising and setting every day. He was back at it again recently, this time using his platform to spread casual Islamophobia. While speaking at a town hall, King decided to address the Chinese government’s abuse of Uighur Muslims, which includes mass roundups and detainment. He foun

This Week’s 5: Demanding What We Actually Want

Author's Note: This Week's 5 is a weekly collection of stories designed to provide insight into how racism works and serve as an easily accessible resource for people trying to have nuanced discussions about these issues. For more explanation on how This Week's 5 works and descriptions of each of the categories, click here. Overt Using your position of power in a major political party to cover for white supremacist terrorism is nothing short of despicable. Nonetheless, it appears many in GOP leadership are willing to throw the full weight of the party behind PR for white supremacists, as evidenced by the recent leak of a GOP strategy document on how to respond to mass shootings. According to

This Week’s 5: Keep Telling on Yourselves If You Want To

Author's Note: This Week's 5 is a weekly collection of stories designed to provide insight into how racism works and serve as an easily accessible resource for people trying to have nuanced discussions about these issues. For more explanation on how This Week's 5 works and descriptions of each of the categories, click here. Overt Why isn’t the infiltration of police departments by white supremacists considered a national emergency? In what other context would society be comfortable with heavily armed terrorists roaming the streets with the institutional backing of the federal government? The fact is, these stories come out too often to keep track. There was even a report way back in 2006 by

VIDEO: Walidah Imarisha at Mary's Woods

On July 23, 2019, critically acclaimed author, educator, and activist Walidah Imarisha visited Mary's Woods Retirement Community to host her presentation, "Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon: A Hidden History." The event was presented in partnership with Mary's Woods Diversity Task Force, the West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community, and Respond to Racism LO. Check out the full video and selected clips below: #walidahimarisha #respondtoracism #westlinn #wlaic #maryswoods #oregon #history #lakeoswego

This Week’s 5: White America, Is This the Attention You Wanted?

Author's Note: This Week's 5 is a weekly collection of stories designed to provide insight into how racism works and serve as an easily accessible resource for people trying to have nuanced discussions about these issues. For more explanation on how This Week's 5 works and descriptions of each of the categories, click here. Overt As I reflect on the latest wave of white supremacist terrorism, I can’t help but think of two recent episodes that played out in American mass media. The first was the response by conservative media in 2009 to the Obama Administration highlighting a 2006 FBI report warning about white supremacist infiltration of law enforcement. Conservative pundits cried that it wa

Latest LO Review Column Addresses Thoughtful Allyship

In case you missed it, the latest column in our monthly series with the Lake Oswego Review tackles the subject of thoughtful and effective allyship. While many people say they want to be allies to people of color, the fact is, a significant number don't truly understand what that work entails. Being an ally isn't an excuse not to examine and constantly challenge your own privilege. It's not something you can jump in and out of and expect to maintain your credibility. Furthermore, "ally" is not a title you get to bestow upon yourself. To that end, the latest RtR LO Review column provides some general guidelines for being a genuine ally versus simply performing the part. Read the full editoria

VIDEO: What Might an LO Cultural Center Look Like?

A year or so ago, LO resident Melissa Fireside came to me with an idea about creating an LO Cultural Center. While ambitious, it struck me as the perfect project to help unite the various communities in LO and provide a space for marginalized people in particular to truly feel empowered. Although neither of us has the millions of dollars necessary to bring this idea into fruition immediately, what we can do is bring this conversation to the larger community and show the rest of LO why this is a dream (and perhaps more importantly, an investment) worth pursuing. Check out the full video, as well as selected clips, below: #loculturalcenter #diversity #equity #inclusion #politics #melissafiresi

This Week’s 5: Move Centrists, Get Out the Way

Author's Note: This Week's 5 is a weekly collection of stories designed to provide insight into how racism works and serve as an easily accessible resource for people trying to have nuanced discussions about these issues. For more explanation on how This Week's 5 works and descriptions of each of the categories, click here. Overt Some people (see: white people) get upset when you point out that white supremacy is deeply embedded in American culture. Let them tell it, the criticism is unfair. Meanwhile, white supremacists churn out examples faster than even news junkies (see: masochists) like myself can keep up. Consider the latest entry in the Emmett Till saga. The boy’s brutal lynching was

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