Archive for January, 2008

When Blacks Attack! Reflections on White Victimology and the Ironies of Institutional Racism

“Everything you said in there was so insulting to me.” The words came harsh and unexpected. I had just given a speech on racism and white privilege at an upstate New York college, and was nearing the end of an after-event reception, when the young woman–who had been seething with anger, waiting to confront me–finally [...]

Writing, Writers, Self-Deprecation and True Love

Writers take themselves way too seriously. I say “themselves” rather than “ourselves,” because I, naturally, am different. I don’t even know where the commas go. Nor do I care. That’s how not seriously I take my writing. Editing, on the other hand, I take very seriously. Same with proofreading. Shame I can’t do either. Anyway, [...]