I started a podcast called The Modern White Man. My co-host and I discuss how to be a Modern White Man who is antiracist, antisexist, and understands his role in creating an equitable society.
We unpack our identity as White men by having honest, open — and sometimes difficult and uncomfortable — conversations about being a White man. Where White men come from, White men’s place in today’s society, and roles White men can play moving forward as allies, leaders, and individuals who care about creating an equitable society where all races and genders thrive.
So why did I start…
And it came from the president of the country
Understanding history is liberating. It creates clarity around our current ecosystem and society. It prevents individual defensiveness and creates empathy for fellow humans. It is how to make needed, sustainable change.
And Americans are incredibly bad at it.
The most recent example of Americans’ unwillingness to confront our country’s history comes straight from the top — the president of the United States. President Trump directed the Office of Management and Budget to crack down on federal agencies’ anti-racism training sessions, calling them “divisive, anti-American propaganda.”
I link this to the ideology…
After the horrendous killing of George Floyd in my own community in Minneapolis, the anger, anguish, frustration, and desire for change to the unequal racial justice system is palpable.
Among the reactions, never before in my personal and professional circles have I seen so many white people ask the question, “What can I do to help?”
On the Black Lives Matter page, the second section is for “what you…
We are all 99.9% genetically the same. Our differences we created.
The Coronavirus seems to be the only thing not adhering to our rules.
Does the Coronavirus not understand that there are country borders to recognize? That there are different government structures that define different societies? That there are different races with privilege differences? That there are socioeconomic statuses that pose different opportunities? That there are “right” and “wrong” religions out there? …
Why focusing on today is the real way to impact the future
I have been going through a big biography kick lately.
I am fascinated by the impact that a single human being can have on the world with the limited time afforded. Biographies demonstrate different leadership and character qualities, and how they were leveraged either for the greater good or to the detriment of others. It highlights how everyone will either end up on the right or wrong side of history.
For example, I am currently reading Churchill: Walking With Destiny by Andrew Roberts. Winston Churchill is a great…
We must avoid the “get mine” mentality
In the face of this unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak, I had a moment when I felt a true sense of community togetherness. There is something to foregoing one’s plans and making a small personal sacrifice for the greater good of society. Even though I am not personally at high-risk of serious complications from COVID-19, I want to ensure that I do not catch it and spread it to others who may be.
Being that this is the first time I have experienced anything like this, it was a unique, and uplifting feeling.
Embracing undistracted thinking to become more self-aware, confident, resilient, and eventually, happy
From 2011 to 2014, I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea (West Africa). Of the many life adjustments that I had to make, one of the most difficult was getting used to being alone.
What helped me get used to it is that, well, I didn’t have a choice.
I lived in a little house, in a little garden, in a little compound, in a little town in the middle of a little country with little access to electricity. Projects would ebb and flow, but in general…
Thoughts on how to keep growing and stay energized as you leave your most formative years
As I write this, I am 30-years-old. Taking into consideration today’s medical advancements, living in a relatively stable United States, and my (so far) lucky heath and economic situation, it’s fair to think that if I can successfully avoid distracted drivers and natural disasters, I am roughly one-third of the way through my life. And, I am in a crisis.
Being 30-years-old is odd. Life-altering events are never more frequent and impactful as the first one-third of life. Up to this point, my life…