Author’s Note 8-21-17

Five Months In

Today, DeedSpeakOut celebrates five months of online presence. During this period, we’ve put up more than 100 posts. Below we reflect on what we’ve learned to date, what issues we see in our blogging future, and our longer-term goals.

Since no one came forward to propose their good offices, we’ll carry out an interview of ourselves. Continue reading “Author’s Note 8-21-17”

Coffee Break 8-20-17: Housing Segregation – First Pass


“Whites own on average about ten times the amount of wealth as blacks across the income spectrum. Segregation also causes other racial inequalities. It cuts people of color off from job pipelines and transport systems, making the search for work difficult and giving blacks and Latinos far longer and more expensive commutes to jobs. It helps guarantee that local schools get fewer resources and concentrates the lowest-income and neediest school children in majority-minority schools. It exacerbates racial inequalities perpetuated by the war on drugs. And it guarantees that people of color generally live in neighborhoods with fewer urban amenities and more toxic environments.” [emphasis added]

–Carl Nightingale, author of Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities (2012)

“… the myriad social problems plaguing the inner cities today arise from race discrimination, and race discrimination alone. To dare to challenge this — to speak of individual agency, for example — is akin to flogging the victim. End of discussion.”

–NYT Review of Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law (2017) Continue reading “Coffee Break 8-20-17: Housing Segregation – First Pass”

8-19-17: Educational Injustice


Plus ça change plus c’est la même chose

We used to do maybe seven to eight thousand meals in the summertime. Now, we’re doing upwards of 70,000 meals in the summertime by reaching out to all of our partner sites and going to where the kids our [are] instead of expecting them to come to us.”

Sodexo GM Mark Streamer on Peoria Public Schools’ 2017 summer meal program

We begin to synthesize what we’ve learned the last six months. Continue reading “8-19-17: Educational Injustice”

Coffee Break 8-18-17: Off-Topic

Off-Topic: Charlottesville 

“When will U.S. society—not just neo-Nazis and the Klan, but the whole country—reject all aspects of white supremacist ideology and take serious steps toward rectifying the material inequality justified by that ideology.

“The answer is obvious: Never.

“There’s no evidence the dominant culture is interested. The wealth—in fact, the very existence—of the United States is so entwined in the two foundational racialized holocausts in our history that transcending white supremacy requires not only treating people of color differently, but understanding ourselves in new and painful ways. To transcend white supremacy, white America would have to come to terms with the barbarism of our history and our ongoing moral failures.”

–Robert Jensen, Professor of Journalism UT-Austin Continue reading “Coffee Break 8-18-17: Off-Topic”

Coffee Break 8-16-17

Illinois Politics: The Gift that Can’t Stop Giving

As readers know, deedspeakout is a new blog – five months young and counting – and its core mission is to follow daily developments of note in policy/politics relating to health, the environment, justice and education at the national level.

When we began blogging, we planned to provide periodic updates about newsworthy developments in our home state of Illinois.

But events have conspired to alter the original plan for the past few weeks, and we’re devoting almost all our reading and thinking time to political machinations in the Prairie State. This is because what’s happening in Illinois right now is indicative of the larger struggle to control our country’s future direction—and almost nobody in national political reporting has actually caught on to this. Continue reading “Coffee Break 8-16-17”