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Yay, A Vaccine (?)

Yay, A Vaccine (?)

Some of my white friends might be hearing a lot of chatter these days that’s new for them about an unusual number of black people harboring a peculiar mistrust about the arrival of our long awaited coronavirus wonder drug. On 12/14/20, the first television image of an...

“#Racial Learning Groups So White”

“#Racial Learning Groups So White”

In response to a piece that appeared in the Rochester Beacon newspaper. To echo what Howard said, I am finding that too many white folks are in fact relying on all white spaces for all their racial learning. A slew of studies show that 75% of white folks in the US...

Coronavirus in “Black & White”

These days, happily, a disproportionate amount of my energy is going into 1.) staring at the new treadmill I bought while I go all in on another bowl of Breyer's collaboration with Snickers candy bar (this ice cream is the dairy equivalent to crack, if you've never...

What people are saying about my Sunday webinar series–

What people are saying about my Sunday webinar series–

"YES!!! THIS is the conversation I was looking for!"                                                  Sonja N   "I just attended Nanette’s first online workshop. The discussion of 'White Women’s Tears' was eye opening. We were challenged to listen to the Black...

Howard’s Way

Howard’s Way

So I got an email Sunday morning from Howard J. Eagle of Rochester, N.Y., accusing me and a list of others of “race hustling.” That afternoon I was hosting a paid-access virtual meeting (which I will be doing every Sunday until we're let back out of our homes)...

The N-word: To Be Or NOT To Be?

I undertook an hour’s drive to a suburb of Rochester, N.Y., the other day. The Greece school district was inviting all comers to a most improbable congress; an open forum on the use of the word “nigger.” Yep, you read that right. A local friend gave me a little...

“Most people never listen.” –Ernest Hemingway

“Most people never listen.” –Ernest Hemingway

In Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow, she told the story of a black youth who came to her, as a lawyer for the ACLU, complaining he was being targeted and framed by local police. He had stacks of paper, dates, reports, evidence, but Alexander didn’t believe...

Global warming, the Easter Bunny, and white privilege

Global warming, the Easter Bunny, and white privilege

THIS IS MY OP-ED PIECE PRINTED IN THE ROCHESTER NY PAPER, DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, ON SUNDAY 10/06/19--AND SUBSEQUENTLY POSTED ON IT'S PARENT PAPER'S WEBSITE, USA TODAY.COM--IN RESPONSE TO AN EARLIER PIECE BY A WHITE ROCHESTER BUSINESSMAN WHO DISPUTED THE EXISTENCE...

Letter from a Williamsville Church

Letter from a Williamsville Church

For nine days in 1963 the revered Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King was jailed in Birmingham, Alabama, charged with parading without a license. He had been called to the city by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to bring media attention to a sustained protest...