Tag Archives: Teaching Diversity

Unpacking Racism: “Noble” Sentiments that Keep Us from Talking About Race

This is the Lead Post in a series of articles based on “Unpacking Racism,” the theme of the 2020 Laity Convocation of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church, held on February 8, 2020.  I and three other … Continue reading

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Our “Green Book” fantasy, plus other Oscar winners that don’t hold up

This was front page, Arts & Entertainment section, of the February 3, 2019, Chicago Tribune.  Though the Christopher Borelli article focused on other things, my direct answer to the question about Green Book—which won 2018’s Oscar for Best Picture—is this: … Continue reading

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Django Unchained: Revenge Fantasies and Realities

Of course Django Unchained (2012) is your average Quentin Tarantino bloodfest, yet for me the main moment of the film suggests it could have been even bloodier.  In one of the film’s quiet, reflective seconds slave master Calvin Candie (Leonardo … Continue reading

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