by Hayden Bass & Vivian van Gelder
We were struck by a recent KUOW report about parental backlash against last fall’s “We Stand United” event in Seattle’s public schools. On October 19, 2016, many Seattle Public Schools teachers wore Black Lives Matter shirts to school, and offered teachings on Black history and institutionalized racism to bring focus to racial equity. But many white parents – especially in the north end, where few students of color live – wrote angry emails in response. Their reaction suggests that many of us white liberal parents have work to do when it comes to race. Continue reading Contributing to Inequity: White Parents Must Act to Change Seattle Public Schools’ Opportunity Gap
by Teddi Beam-Conroy
Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Nine days since Charleena Lyles was shot to death by Seattle Police Officers. Nine days since I, an African-American woman, started fearing the police in a whole new way. Continue reading “Speaking Power to Power”: Women of Color Take Lead at Charleena Lyles’ Town Hall
by Miguel Jimenez
There were ten shots fired. Or at least that’s what I think we counted while sitting at a large table near the front window of Rainier Beach’s Jude’s Old Town last Tuesday.
Darting to the back of the bar, all of us crouched to survey the scene from the large front windows. The disparate conversations broke apart as the whole bar began asking questions and assembling facts. There was a palpable sense of caution bordering on fear, but certainly not panic. Continue reading A Bulletproof Community Spirit
by Rollie Williams
Author’s note: This essay was originally composed in the summer of 2016. The world has obviously changed since then. As such, I acknowledge my references to it getting better may not resonate as clearly as they once did with many readers. However, due to that fact I felt it was even more necessary for people to hear a positive story, which is why the piece is presented as first written.
My name is Rollie and I’m a bisexual man in my late twenties. It’s taken me a long time to say that with any confidence at all. If you’re wondering how long, I’ll give you a hint: It’s somewhere in the late twenties. In today’s world, living in Seattle, you might wonder what the hell took so long. Was he conservative? What was he afraid of? Did he experiment in college and adopt a new identity to match? The reality is frustratingly stereotypical and indicative of the power the patriarchy has over all of us. It has a happy ending though, I promise. Continue reading Prideful Reflections: Steers and Queers
by Lyndsey Brollini
Stigma around mental illness is real and affects individuals in negative ways, often leading them to remain silent about their condition rather than seek help or treatment. It is important to talk about these issues get all the relevant facts because forgoing assistance can have detrimental consequences, to the point of suicide for some. Continue reading Don’t Let Stigma Win: You Can and Should Talk about Mental Illness
by Sharon H Chang
Welcome to Seattle where the rich get richer, Blacks get pushed out, and the Seattle Times prints lazy, racist articles about the South End where many of the city’s remaining People of Color live.
Yesterday, Times columnist Nicole Brodeur published a careless piece on the June 5th shooting in Columbia City. Thankfully, no one was injured. Yet the tone of Brodeur’s article was not particularly thankful. In the longstanding tradition of White journalism about Communities of Color, Brodeur managed to casually pen a piece that zipped from “objective coverage” to racialized damning, White panic, and colonial entitlement. Continue reading South End Residents of Color Clap Back at the Times
by Matt Aspin
I’m not really a racist. Or homophobic. But now you’re here, so you might as well keep reading.
Marcus Harrison Green asked me to be part of the cast reading an early version of his screenplay “Caucasians Anonymous” to a live audience. Of course I immediately said yes, because, well…it was Marcus Harrison Green. Continue reading Confessions of a Racist, Homophobic, Lefty