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Counter protesters yell back and forth with pro-Trump Freedom Rally attendees at Terry Schrunk plaza in downtown Portland.

When White People Say They Have My Back, What Does That Actually Mean?

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For a few weeks in Portland, I got a glimpse of what real solidarity looks like. By Donnell Alexander It was in a place of mourning that we Portlanders learned an all-star line-up of the worst White America has to offer would soon decamp in our mild-mannered city. The new knowledge promised to transform the pain into something more useful. But what? All anyone knew is that the need for…

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White Fragility, Anti-Racist Pedagogy, and the Weight of History

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By Justin Gomer and Christopher Petrella On July 3, The Boston Globe published a controversial, if predictable, op-ed entitled “In Defense of White Males.” The piece, written by novelist Roland Merullo, is rife with the sort of bromides we white folk commonly use to defend ourselves against structural critiques of white supremacy. Merullo informs readers that not all whites are racist; that whites do plenty of altruistic things; that there are plenty of “bad” people of color…

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