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June 2011

Do Africans deserve toxic waste?

This week I’m wearing an economist hat as I  teach a graduate course in Economic Development of Developing Countries.
As much as I love looking at the macro perspective of why poor countries stay poor, what challenges me most is to look beyond the numbers.  Looking at the world simply as a mathematical puzzle to solve [...]

Run down by injustice

When have you come face to face with injustice?
When has the world put up glass ceilings or locked doors covered in barbed wire and spikes?  When have you been told that your skills or talent or rights don’t matter, that your skin or gender or class or some other uncontrollable aspect of your birth have [...]

Appreciating weeds

I easily get discouraged over my not-so-perfect garden. In fact I get discouraged about just about anything that I want to be neatly beautiful but never is. A friend shared a poem on appreciating even the weeds.

What makes it personal?

I read this in The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns, President of World Vision U.S.   He describes this experiment*:
A test group of ordinary people was divided into three subgroups.  The first read the story and saw a photo of a poor, starving seven-year-old African girl named Rokia.  The second group was given a [...]

Who is justice for?

In Beverly Daniel Tatum’s Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together at the Cafeteria? she describes a comment made by a White woman that she fears being rejected by “the ones who I am fighting for.”

Beverly responds to this woman by explaining “that she needs to fight for herself, not for people of color.  [...]

Why I didn’t blog this week

Why I didn’t blog this week…