Tag Archives: Race,

Four Sparrows, Chapter 2, Scenes 2+3

Felipe tipped him off about ships sailing east, allowing him to rendezvous with a ship that still had space. Would they take him with so little money? He could barely afford steerage with what he had, in addition to the … Continue reading

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Four Sparrows: A Tale of Race and Survival in the California Gold Rush. Chapter 1, Scene 1

Here’s a sneak peak at my book. Below is the opening scene, hopefully a nice teaser. Ask for the book at your local bookstore, or hop on to Amazon to order your copy. Happy reading! Chapter One: Destination They sailed past … Continue reading

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Demographics and Race in the Bay Area

Artist Carlo Abruzzese has graphically revealed a series on demographics and race in the bay area from 2010 census data. It was most recently displayed during the April 2013 Open Studios. There were two related collections. One was “Geography. Place. Culture. Fifty-six States … Continue reading

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Blood Drive Discrimination

Should it be illegal for black people to donate blood? It’s illegal for gay men to do so, or rather it’s a Federal mandate. The executive branch seems to have a lot of mandates regarding health care. Next time you … Continue reading

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Inadvertent Racism and Black English

Difference is often looked down upon by the majority rather than cherished. Inadvertent racism rears its head occasionally too. An example of accidental genetic racism is the Ebonics fiasco of the Oakland school board. It came on the tail end … Continue reading

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Filipinos in the California Gold Rush

Part of the inspiration for my first book, with a Filipino protagonist, was discovering Filipinos in the California Gold Rush. You can see in the picture here that there were multiple, not many, but still a presence. This census page … Continue reading

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I’m Dreaming of Positive Whiteness at Christmas

I hosted the sixth annual Scandinavian potluck with some friends this year. I invited only Scandinavians, and their guests, as it was a chance to keep alive our identity. I mentioned it to various people when asked about my Christmas … Continue reading

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Putting Racists in Prison

Should it be illegal to be racist? Should we try to legally ban racism itself? This is a hot question because of what’s at stake. People can become heated easily at the prospect of putting racists in prison. This isn’t … Continue reading

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Racist Sex Talk

I went to another talk at UC Berkeley’s School of Law on November 29, 2012. The title of this talk was “The Erotic Life of Racism” with faculty connected to the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (HIFIS). … Continue reading

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Identity Anxiety (part 2 of 2)

Continuing with the talk at UC Berkeley’s Law School on “Implicit Bias, Identity Anxiety, and Structural Racialization Subtexts” there were some interesting findings worth sharing. To introduce the topic the speaker discussed her own internalized anxiety around her Irish heritage … Continue reading

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