Existing While Black at The University of Rochester

Existing While Black at The University of Rochester The University was my first “career” job out of college (PWI; RIT) way back in 2006 and like so many other BIPOC ( Black , Indegenous, People of Color) people. I have stories of overt racism and covert microagressions during my tenure as a staff member of […]

Dear White Led Organizations

In the wake of recent #BlackLivesMatter civil unrest, protests, and uprisings 540WMain (like so many other Black led organizations) received a deluge of training, workshop, and consultation requests. The following letter is an edited version of a correspondence I recently shared with one of the white led organizations that reached out to 540WMain. As an […]

White People, What Are You Doing To End Racism

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White People, What Are You Doing to End Racism Honestly what are you doing? . . because we are tired… . . . Black people are tired… . . . Indigenous people are tired… . . Mexican people are tired… . . Chinese people are tired… Japanese people, Iranian people, Indian people, Taiwanese people, South […]

Race Is A Social Construct

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A 540Monthly Membership ensures that 540WMain is able to create and curate low cost/high impact educational content and programming rooted in antiracism, arts/culture & humanities, and wellness.  If you love 540WMain consider becoming a 540Monthly Member today. Help 540WMain reach its goal of 100 monthly members. Click here Race Is A Social Construct What is […]

In 2020 Listen to Black Voices When They Tell You Something Is Racist

protestor holding a sign that says it is racism

A 540Monthly Membership ensures that 540WMain is able to create and curate low cost/high impact educational content and programming rooted in antiracism, arts/culture & humanities, and wellness.  If you love 540WMain consider becoming a 540Monthly Member today. Help 540WMain reach its goal of 100 monthly members. Click here to become a member In 2020 Listen […]

Happy Julyteenth

“This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn… What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration […]

Sit Down, Randy: The Myth of Bootstrap Pulling

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Sit Down, Randy: The Myth of Bootstrap Pulling by Chris Thompson ^ additional editing by Calvin Eaton  Hi. If you have ever said, “I don’t see race”, “This black person is successful, so why aren’t you”, “Stop dwelling in the past”, “It goes both ways”, “You’re creating division by talking about this”, or my favorite, […]

The Curious Case of Caster Semenya: Hottentot Artemis

The Curious Case of Caster Semenya: Hottentot Artemis by Chris Thompson It has been a week since the news broke, and I am still seething over the International Association of Athletics Federations decision against South African athlete Caster Semenya. Ten years after their original findings, after many more competitions and a long fight in courts, […]

Kappell Incident a Wake-up Call for All of Us

Kappell Incident a Wake-up Call for All of Us | Guest Blog by Rebecca Johnson The turmoil surrounding weathercaster Jeremy Kappell’s statements on WHEC-TV last week raises significantly bigger issues about our city than just the nature of one individual’s brief verbalization. I’ve been listening to and reading about the opinions of white people and […]

Impact Matters More Than Intent

Impact Over Intent | Guest Blog by Sam Waters There’s been a lot of discussion about last week’s incident with the local meteorologist at WHEC, his on-air comment, and subsequent firing, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. What I keep coming back to is something I routinely find to be a […]

Whitewashed: the Rosewood Massacre

When an individual, group, or institution whitewashes something, they intentionally conceal information that they deem unworthy, unimportant, or unpleasant. Whitewashing occurs within families, communities, systems, art, and, most commonly, historical record. Like the vast majority of K-12 students in America, my education (Catholic school for K-6, public school for 7-12) excluded essential historical concepts and […]