White men must take responsibility in ensuring deeply entrenched systems of inequality are toppled in academia.
Each of us has a part to play in creating the workplace and world that sees the humanity and value in all people. Each of us has a part to play in creating an environment where all people can *live* with dignity and respect.
Students have gotten what they wanted, but what does their victory represent?
How much worse is it going to have to get before we take accountability for our racism and actively engage in dismantling it?
I don't want to pray for Charleston. I can't. I am an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, yet, prayer doesn't seem like enough. I need action. To my white Christian brethren, I don't need for you to tell me how angry you are. I need you to tell your white friends.
I remember when the news out of Ferguson, Missouri first came to us. I heard white friends and colleagues encourage each other to sit in a posture of listening. I honor that listening. White allies, I thank you for your thoughtfulness in this regard. Now allow me to be your stopwatch; time's up.
Recently, Piers Morgan penned an incendiary piece titled "If black Americans want the N-word to die, they will have to kill it themselves." I held my breath the entire time I read this misguided piece. I saw all the markings of a privileged white male telling me and my community how to behave ourselves.