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Dan Cohen

One White Teacher's Challenge to Himself and White Brothers and Sisters

Post by SEED summer staff member Dan Cohen, English teacher and department head at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Illinois.

Learning of the lack of indictments of White police officers in the killing of unarmed Black men and women, my anger and frustration erupted at the racist systems and institutions. I was ready to act. Yet I quickly stopped and reminded myself that I, as a White male, am part of those structures. I am not immune. Therefore if I want justice and I want to dismantle those systems, I need to start with myself and do my own work and interrupt the racist default patterns that live inside me. With loving accountability I invite and challenge my White brothers and sisters to join me. This is our work.

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Seeing in Blindness, Knowing in Ignorance

Keith Burns, a SEED leader and theatre arts director with 24 years of teaching experience, wrote this piece about how SEED helped open his eyes to systems of privilege.

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SEED Founder Peggy McIntosh Talks with the New Yorker About Privilege

SEED founder Peggy McIntosh spoke recently with the New Yorker about how she came to write about White privilege, the responses to her work, and how reflecting on our personal experiences can help people see the systemic nature of privilege.

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