Empathy Warriors

In Octavia Butler’s “The Parable of the Sower,” the protagonist Lauren Olamina has what is called “hyperempathy syndrome.” In this dystopian future society, many people have this condition caused by their mothers being addicted to a certain drug when they were in utero. The symptoms are that Lauren can literally, physically feel what other peopleContinue reading “Empathy Warriors”

I bring my whiteness with me wherever I go

From my family, I inherited an immigrant’s determination, values around doing good work in the world while making a living, a commitment to mutual aid, and the economic benefits of whiteness.  My grandparents came to the United States from Poland by way of France in 1940. They were Jewish intelellectuals who escaped the holocaust byContinue reading “I bring my whiteness with me wherever I go”

Big Catholic Families, Al Gore, Goats, and Labor Exploitation

When my wife and I got married she was always amazed at how few preferences I had.  She jokes that I would be happy sleeping in a field with a rock as a pillow. I credit that to growing up in a big Catholic family.  There was simply no time or money to deal withContinue reading “Big Catholic Families, Al Gore, Goats, and Labor Exploitation”