Practicing Trust

By: Joe Reilly

“The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land. Confusion is all around…But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars.”
~Martin Luther King Jr., 1968

I am practicing trust. Last week I boarded a plane to San Fransisco to visit dear friends and sing at the Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center in Marin County. I exercised my faith in the pilot, the mechanics, and the flight crew. I trusted that gravity and aerodynamics would still work the same way and that I would be carried safely through the clouds and over the mountains.

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A White Man's View of Obama's Race Speech

By Matt Birkhold

[ originally featured this article on March 27, 2008]

My father has been a “Jesse Jackson is a pain in the ass” Republican since at least the Carter years. I was shocked to hear that he plans on voting for Barack Obama.

Up until very recently I’ve felt like I pretty much had my people figured out. Throughout college and graduate school, my father and I argued endlessly about the ethics of racial equality. He never supported race-based preferences because he believed they unfairly privileged black people. My father is not unique. His position is deeply rooted in a common belief among white men that they have been victimized by black gains over the last fifty years.Continue reading