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Twenty-twenty was full of lessons, but what have we learned?

Two thousand and twenty has been a challenging year for many, if not most. For many, it has felt like a year like no other, particularly in regard to negative events. Social media posts and memes wishing to forget 2020 or that it had never taken place are commonplace. I too, at times, have lamented 2020 and just wanted to wake up and realize it was all a bad dream. But 2020 is very real and full of lessons. Its events are not accidents or anomalies, but in fact the culmination happenings and circumstances long set in motion. …


A desk with a laptop in the middle with the words “BE KIND” on the screen.
A desk with a laptop in the middle with the words “BE KIND” on the screen.
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Kindness is a Cop-Out

It almost never fails that when a serious discussion ensues, be it in person or online, about profound issues of police brutality, systemic and institutionalized racism, anti-blackness, or an individual’s traumatizing experience with racism, someone, in my experience generally a white woman interjects with, “kindness is key” or “I teach my children to be kind to everyone. It is always done with a sense a pride and an air of moral superiority, as if they have infused the conversation with a profound solution to these problems and their work, in fact, is done. STOP DOING THIS…


Black and white picture of a scared white woman with dark hair pulled back with some falling over her left eye.
Black and white picture of a scared white woman with dark hair pulled back with some falling over her left eye.
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The Myth of White Fear

In the days since Christian Cooper was accosted by Amy Cooper and George Floyd was killed by a police officer who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for approximately 8 minutes while three of his colleagues watched, I keep seeing the word FEAR… White people fear black people, these and other similar incidents take place due to fear… But I must push back on this rhetoric of fear. Instead, I argue these incidents aren’t fear based at all. They are based on an ideology of white supremacy centuries old. Before I continue, I think it…

Luisa Ossa

I am a college professor and writer that focuses on race, culture, and social justice.

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