Thanksgiving

On a national scale, Thanksgiving contains the legacy of Europeans pushing Native peoples off their lands, killing them, taking their lands. It contains the legacy of the collapse of Indigenous populations. It contains the legacy of how white people have used that land -- for slavery, for settler colonial capitalism. It contains the exploitation of…

Yet again

Kyle Rittenhouse was a child when he carried a rifle across state lines to role-play as a vigilante justice officer in the streets of Kenosha. He inserted himself, fully armed, into a space of civil unrest, shot and killed two people, and injured a third. He was charged with intentional homicide, reckless homicide, and attempted…

Indigenous erasure

I recently visited Brookfield Zoo with my family during their Halloween event. We purchased a zoo membership in the summer of 2020 so we had a place to go drifting COVID and we renewed it this summer. We've been there many times over the past year and a half.  A sign at Brookfield Zoo This…

Weavers and woven

Last week, I attended a memorial service for a colleague of mine who passed away about a year ago. We originally worked together as teachers, and later he worked with me as a teacher at a school where I was principal. He was only about 15 years older than me -- his passing was such…

Equity in action: opening Honors classes to all

This essay was also published in the Oak Park newspaper Wednesday Journal. For too long, Oak Park River Forest High School (OPRF), like secondary schools across the country, has restricted access to advanced courses to a select group of students. This has led Black and Latinx students to be underrepresented in advanced coursework at OPRF,…

moment pattern particle wave

Moment. When we zoom in and focus on a single person’s life, it appears to us as a series of discrete moments. Each person is born. She encounters her childhood, learning from each experience. He moves through adolescence, developing his sense of independence and individuality. They grow into adulthood, perhaps having children of their own.…

Patriotism

Americans are not uniquely patriotic, but many of us express the patriotism common to citizens of empires throughout history. This patriotism equates happiness with military and economic might. This patriotism unironically claims that ours is the best country, not just in the modern world, but in the history of the world. This patriotism is about…