This post was written by my former student, Lisa Zenno. She describes her experience living in many countries as she grew up and how this influences her today!
This story of a mother and a son describes the difficult path for conservative Christians with Gay family members and what this mother wishes she had done differently.
LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow) and Tim Wise describe how different their experiences have been in interactions with police based on race.
“Like a malignancy, it had crept in when I least expected it — this repugnant, infectious bigotry we have become so accustomed to. “White privilege” was on display, palpable to passersby who consoled me. I’ve come to expect this repulsive racism in many aspects of my life, but when I find it entrenched in these smaller encounters is when salt is sprinkled deep into the wounds. In these crystallizing moments it is clear that while I might see myself as just another all-American gal who has great affection for this country, others see me as something less than human, more now than ever before.”
Angelina Jolie wrote in the New York Times yesterday about her choice to have a double mastectomy, given her genetic predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer. However, she brings up issues of access to testing and the high cost. I’m glad she’s talking about this important issue (and encouraging others to talk about topics that were once taboo), but it also brings up serious issues related to health care in the U.S.