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And Still We Rise

Posted by Shakti Butler on June 26, 2015
Tuesday evening of last week, June 15, my nephew called to ask my opinion on the Rachel Dolezal story. We had an interesting conversation.  Everyone was talking about the phenomenon of a white woman passing for black. The gist of my nephew's particular question was this:  what about all the good work she did? Do we have to throw that all out because she was pretending to be something she is not?  
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Topics: System of Inequity, Shakti Butler, Responding to a Racist Incident

Baltimore: Where Do We Step Into the Story?

Posted by Shakti Butler on May 19, 2015

The story of Baltimore is connected to a long-standing struggle for access and equality, which is as old as this nation’s history. This is a story of resistance to injustice, brutality, economic exploitation and domination. One cannot truly grasp the meaning of Baltimore without considering it within the context of a long history of uprisings and protests folded into what is just the latest expression of outrage. We cannot really understand the response of this latest uprising without looking at the meta-narrative of oppression. As long as there are people who are routinely excluded and marginalized there will be disquiet.

I remember Daddy saying that I have to stay off the block. It’s 1964 and I am 17 years old. He’s afraid I’ll get hurt on 125th Street in Harlem. There have been six days of unrest after an African American teenager is shot and killed by an NYPD lieutenant.

Folks are, as Fannie Lou Hammer said long ago, “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”  

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Topics: System of Inequity, Talk about Race, Shakti Butler, Diversity Workshop, Responding to a Racist Incident, Diversity Initiative, Racial Equity Learning

World Trust Tribute to MLK: In the Name of Love

Posted by Shakti Butler on January 17, 2015


From Shakti Butler, Founder of World Trust:
We at World Trust join you in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the man and his legacy. In 1967, Dr. King gave a speech in which he asked, "Why are there forty million poor people in America?"

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Topics: System of Inequity, Diversity Workshop, Community Building

Mehserle Trial: We need a new way to talk about race

Posted by Shakti Butler on June 28, 2010

Mehserle Trial: We need a new way to talk about race
by Shakti Butler, PhD

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