Justified Anger Blog

Groans and Birthpains

  3 years ago Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Mo. 3 years ago we witnessed the divide of a nation, the exasperation of a people. Is today different? Have we learned anything from the past 3 years? I recently read an excerpt from Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings” and…

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Walk a Mile

By Harry Hawkins Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Personal responsibility. These are some of the phrases that often come up when whites in Madison and elsewhere talk about the symptoms of racial disparities and the racism that spawned it. The idea is that the problems many African Americans face are self-inflicted, and as such,…

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Black History for Our Day

By Phil Haslanger   It’s relatively easy to sit in a large room with 250 folks – most of us white – and listen to the stories of slavery and segregation and civil rights and to feel horrified and then ashamed and then inspired. It’s not so easy when all that history bumps up against…

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Building a Legacy

By Phil Haslanger   When Lilada Gee starts talking about the sexual assault of black women, she brings a personal passion and a depth of knowledge that illuminates the many facets of this stark reality in our nation.   On the personal side, as she explained to the Black History for a New Day class…

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Black History for a New Day

By Phil Haslanger   Over the course of three evenings in Justified Anger’s “Black History for a New Day,” I ventured into the west African coast prior to the beginnings of the slave trade. Then the Portuguese launched what would become a huge – and immoral – enterprise in collusion with African rulers.   I…

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Aftermath

by Harry Hawkins November 9, 2016. A day marked with emotions. Some reveled in their candidate’s victory. Others mourned the losses accrued the night before. People tweeted, made posts on Facebook, conversed over coffee and made memes to share online. In Madison, there were some who saw the election of 2016 as a blow to…

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Lesson 2: Equity in Education

Equity in Education Requires Changing Narratives, Sharing Power By Phil Haslanger   If you are going to have a conversation with Shahanna McKinney-Baldon about student achievement, you will learn quickly that simple words and simple answers will not get our schools very far in helping students achieve their highest potential.   McKinney-Baldon is no stranger…

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Lesson 1: Cultural Competency. Do You have implicit bias?

By Harry Hawkins   Racial Bias is like your scent; it travels with you everywhere. Because this is true, understanding yourself is the first step in cultural competence. As we move forward together in taking a look at the racial disparity in the education system, it is imperative that we understand what enters into the…

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Five generations enrich Madison

Five generations enrich Madison By Phil Haslanger   It’s a family whose life in Madison stretches across five generations, across almost a century. It’s a family whose work has touched health care and business, education and public safety, church and culture. It’s a family whose matriarch came to Madison and did domestic work and who…

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Product of the Justified Anger History Class

By Jake Winkler What’s the atheist doing in the church basement? There’s no wedding. It’s Wednesday morning. Maybe it’s better to ask what a white kid from rural Wisconsin is doing talking race with a black pastor. Better yet: why aren’t more white people talking race with more white people? Reverend Gee thinks a big…

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