White folks, let’s keep learning

There is a lot to keep on being aware of in our lives and culture. This kairos moment is an opportunity for more folks to see what has been going on around us… and for a very long time.

I am a baseball guy so I love baseball movies. A classic for me is “Field of Dreams.” It’s the story of a guy in Iowa who plows up part of his cornfield to build a baseball field so Shoeless Joe Jackson can come and find some rest or reprieve in his soul after being banned from baseball decades before. It has the famous phrase: “If you build it, he will come.”

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Confronting our misconceptions about “the poor”

We may have heard these generalizations about the poor, or held them ourselves. (Or, still hold them.)

— They are lazy and uneducated.
— They chose to be poor. They could pick themselves up by their bootstraps and get out of it if they really wanted.
— The poor are the government’s responsibility.
— It’s their own fault they are poor.

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A haunting read — Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is a moving book about the injustices done to the Osage tribe in Oklahoma in the 1920s. It is a fascinating story about the rise of the FBI and how they used the investigation of one part of this atrocity to further the image of J Edgar Hoover, but it is beyond that particular story. It is about a reporter doing research to realize hundreds of Osage people were murdered in one way or another in this time period because of oil and greed.

It’s a heartbreaking story that needs a wide read.



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