From Well Meaning to Well Doing: Racial Justice Activist Debby Irving Tells How
This week, activist and author Debby Irving talked with students about what she explained as an epidemic of “white silence.” This fall’s Multiculturalism and Community Development speaker, Ms. Irving said that when it comes to racism in the United States, white people must be part of “cross-racial conversations” in order to make progress on racial divisions and injustices.
“We are all connected, but we are damaged, and we need to repair that damage,” says Ms. Irving. She shared her experience of working as a community organizer and classroom teacher for 25 years without understanding racism as a systemic issue, or seeing her own whiteness as an obstacle to grappling with it. Ms. Irving grew up in a well-off family in a white community, and as an adult she struggled to make sense of tensions she could feel but not explain in racially mixed settings.
In 2009, a graduate school course, Racial and Cultural Identities, gave her the answers she’d been looking for and launched her on a “journey of discovery.” Today, Ms. Irving works with white people exploring the impact that their skin color can have on perception, problem solving, and working for racial justice. In her book, Waking Up White, she tells how she went from well meaning to well doing. A graduate of the Winsor School in Boston, Ms. Irving holds a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College and an MBA from Simmons College.
Milton Football Celebrates Its 500th Win
On a day when New England fall weather unleashed its best and worst—brilliant sun, torrential downpours and a double rainbow—the varsity football team tore its way through the mud to a historic 500th win, in a victory over St. Paul’s School, 42–12.
Quarterback Mike Silva (III) rushed nine times for 172 yards and had two touchdowns. Running back Domenic Cozier (II) rushed 16 times for 222 yards and three touchdowns. Jude Simplice (I) tallied the sixth touchdown for the Mustangs.
Both Mike and Domenic say they were aware all week leading up to the game about the possibility of the historic win, but during the game their focus was just on playing well. “It wasn’t until the last two minutes of the game that I remembered we were going to get our 500th win,” says Mike.
Mike says that although the team got off to a slow start this year, they’ve improved every week, working hard and pulling together. His highlight of the season so far was playing a Friday night game against Roxbury Latin under the lights at Milton High School. “The atmosphere was great, and everyone came out to cheer us on,” he says.
Domenic says the “biggest challenge is this weekend when we play Governor’s Academy.” A win would give the Mustangs a shot at playing in a post-season bowl game. Milton's football program, which began in 1892 with an undefeated season (2–0), now holds an overall record of 500 wins and 293 losses.
In Case You Missed It: Exhibits On Campus for One More Week
OUTSPOKEN: Six Women Photographers, a collection of work by artists Nadine Boughton, Nancy Grace Horton, Marky Kauffmann, Tira Khan, Rania Matar and Emily Schiffer, hangs in the Nesto Gallery until October 31. View photos. This show has garnered critical acclaim and positive reviews. Located on the lower level of the Art and Media Center, the Nesto Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you find yourself in the Kellner Performing Arts Center, don’t miss the stunning, colorful photography by science faculty member, Linde Eyster, on exhibition in Pieh Commons. For the past few years, Linde has focused on the natural environment in her backyard garden, photographing a range of organisms with a macro lens. The result is a stunning, colorful collection on exhibition in Pieh Commons until the end of October. Read more.