A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action

Trayvon Martin Protest – Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)

Sorry Elvis, we still need to talk. Saturated, but it seems absurd to contemplate writing about anything other than Trayvon Martin this week. Staring at the masthead of our blog, and reading the tagline, viewing social justice challenges and opportunities through the prism of current events, I keep thinking, “now is no time to be silent,” because in the simplest of terms, this is both a challenge AND an opportunity.

But it is hard to have words, much less the right words. My head has been scrambled with the news accounts, …read more

The United States of Prejudice

This week, Minnesota joined 12 states and the District of Columbia in legalizing marriage equality. We have an African American president serving his second term in the White House. Like many other Americans, I have perceived these recent events as evidence that our country as a whole is becoming more open-minded and less hateful towards minority groups.

So, I was unpleasantly surprised this week to stumble on the Geography of Hate map. Dr. Monica Stephens of Humboldt State University tracked online hate speech by geotagging hateful tweets across the US and mapped them on the county level from June 2012 …read more