By: Dr. Christopher Pramuk As the unnamed “white professor” whom Taylor Zachary takes to task in his editorial, “A whitewashed Jesuit education,” I’d like to respond directly to Taylor, if I may, I hope in a spirit of respectful dialogue. Taylor, first I want to affirm your courage in giving voice to a “Black perspective often ignored and overshadowed by the enduring solidarity of white students, white faculty and white administrators.” I expect your example and your voice may give others the courage to speak up about their experiences and perspectives. I hope so. The offense at the heart of … Continue reading The gifts and hazards of race discourse A professor’s response to “A white-washed Jesuit education”
Honorable Mayor Williams, Recently, you released a statement expressing your support for the men and women who serve and protect the citizens of Norwood. As the leader of this city, your intentions were right to stand in solidarity with the police force, but your understanding of race relations in Norwood and the rest of the country is horribly wrong. Last year brought about intense and sometimes uncomfortable debate about race relations in America. The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Gardner forced Americans to face the racial injustice that takes place in our country. Demonstrations surrounding these situations were not, … Continue reading An open letter to Mayor Williams
A little over a month ago, an opinion piece by Kathy Y. Wilson was featured in City Beat entitled “Mahogany’s: In the Dark.” The piece seems to be a review — if it can be called even that — of Mahogany’s restaurant in The Banks development just south of downtown. Though the piece purports to discuss the quality of the restaurant, it ends up focusing on the race of the owner. It is surprising that it was even picked up, and more so thatit remains posted on City Beat’s website. The piece berates the newly-opened and struggling restaurant, attributing most … Continue reading Issues of race in Cincinnati
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