1 Oct 2020

Awakening and Deepening White Awareness

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October 1, 2020
Published in the Mindfulness Bell, with Lyn Fine and Cathy Cockrell

The murder of George Floyd and systemic inequalities revealed by the pandemic call up centuries of genocide, enslavement, and exploitation. It is lethal and heartbreaking. How in these times can the Plum Village practice community contribute to transforming racial injustice and support wise, skillful, and compassionate action grounded in love—in short, create beloved community? As Thay reminds us, “The willingness to love is not enough. If you do not understand, you cannot love.”… […]

16 Jun 2020

Healing Our Founding Pandemic

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May 25, 2020
Published on the What I Miss? website

As virus panic mounted in the United States, I was already researching the psychic and actual sickness that came with the Mayflower four hundred years ago. Appalled to find myself descended from six of its passengers in a year when big celebrations were planned, I wanted Americans to see our history through the lens of disease. A full ninety percent of the Indigenous Wampanoag people had died from European illnesses even before the ship landed—and our founders themselves faced […]

16 Jun 2020

Tracking America’s Racial Karma on the Silent Screen

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December 5, 2019
Published on the Eat Drink Films website

My first reaction is “No way I’m going to review a film with the name “R——.” I’ve spent too long telling relatives in the nation’s capital how their team’s name evokes bloody skins of the First People of our continent hunted for bounty. Even though this film acknowledges the R-word as a slur, even though today’s reviewers think it progressive for its time, I’m reluctant. Our history is […]

28 Nov 2018

How My Settler-Ancestors Set Us Up for Uncontrollable Wildfires

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Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images | Firefighters battle flames at a burning apartment complex in Paradise, north of Sacramento, California, on November 9, 2018.

November 28, 2018
Published in Yes! Magazine

I want us to go humbly to the very people our culture tried to exterminate to listen to what they can teach us.

27 Jan 2017

We Can’t Move Forward Without Looking Back

By |2019-01-04T23:23:23-05:00January 27th, 2017|Articles|0 Comments

January 27, 2017
With Courtney Martin
Published in OnBeing

California was particularly violent, but the story holds true in different ways throughout the country, whether our white ancestors were actually there for the killing or immigrated later and moved into places that had been conquered….We’re living with the kind of shadow Jung talked about — played out in our political life, denial of climate change, and lack of true respect for darker-skinned people.

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