For some of my compatriots, it will never happen. They will go to their graves mired in the sewage spewed out by Q, Fox, Newsmax, Rush, Info Wars, et al. They will never reflect on the damage done to their own minds and characters, to their families, and to the society they live in by spreading malicious lies about Biden’s pedophilia, Clinton’s murder plot, Obama’s birthplace, and all the other outrageous calumnies aimed at those they hate and fear. They will never feel foolish for buying into the false sense of importance provided by the fabricated conspiracy theories and vague…


How do you have a rational discussion about racism when mention of race is taboo?

Not long after George Floyd’s murder, I wrote a Medium piece about being called a racist for pointing out to a white guy that he was white. This still happens over and over, white people getting offended at being called white. I have observed, over the course of many online conversations, that many white people are so incredibly uncomfortable talking about race that even the unqualified mention of any specific race, almost entirely regardless of context, makes them squirm and sometimes lash out.

Race is…


Welcome to the machine.

I recently had an online conversation with a man who accused me of racism. Now, this did not upset me, for reasons that will hopefully become clear, but what gave me pause was the trigger for this particular accusation: I pointed out that both he and I were white. To him, that was racist. My tone was not hostile. I was polite and respectful. But he could not tolerate being called white.

This man is probably a decent guy. He says please and thank you, he pays his debts, he’s a nice neighbor, he helps out with yardwork and bake…


No wax tadpoles, just Tasty Fun

The writer Howard French once said, “The importance of diversity in the media — as in other sectors of society — is not about scoring points in some imaginary scale of civic virtue. It has nothing to do with the granting of favours — or even concessions — by a white majority. It is akin to restoring vision to a creature with impaired sight, making it whole and allowing it to function at the full limits of its perceptive and analytical capacity. The majority cannot understand this — cannot realise that it is partly blind — because its own provincialism…


A woman I know was interviewing for a management position in, let’s say, a national construction firm. I have changed details for her protection, but rest assured it was a male-dominated industry in which she had many years of experience, as was clearly indicated on her resume. The man who interviewed her (it’s always a man) asked her, “How will you handle the good old boys?”

It’s both a thoughtful and thoughtless question. It acknowledges the challenges women face, but it also dismisses and reinforces them. Does he think she has not dealt with this issue over and over ad…


Some years ago, I read William Styron’s memoir, Darkness Visible, recounting his experience with an episode of depression so severe and prolonged it landed him in the hospital. I’ve had some struggles with this illness myself, and I know many of you have, too. I wanted to share a few of my thoughts with you.

Those of you who have been there will understand in a way that people who have not battled this particular demon can’t understand. …


Inspirational Malarkey and Accepted Wisdom

At one point in my life, I found myself struggling with some serious life troubles. They were nobody’s fault, and I cannot find any real error with my actions in precipitating or handling them. But my circumstances remained very difficult, and this went on for years. I almost went under, and I felt helpless to do anything about it, even though I did everything I could think of. Understandably, this affected my levels of gratitude and confidence.

During that time, I developed a deep dislike for aphorisms and inspirational quotes that persists to this day. Those chirpy declarations of optimism…


Many of us have seen the recent posts and videos about an incident at a Starbucks in Philadelphia, in which two young men were arrested for, basically, sitting while black. Among other reports, I saw a post from a site called Washington Press. Their wording was: “Starbucks just responded to viral video of 2 black men arrested for sitting in Philly store.” They went on to say, “The chain just finally spoke out after the shameful incident sparked outrage across the nation.” This was two days after the video went viral. “Just finally”?

Compare this to the Washington Post’s version…


Adapted from Dr. Robin Diangelo / The Good Men Project June 16, 2015

This piece is lifted shamelessly from Dr. Robin Diangelo’s work with what she terms “white fragility,” that is, the disproportionate levels of discomfort experienced by some white people around the topic of racism, to the point of successfully shutting down all discussion of it.

At the Intersection of Race and Gender

You can apply a lot of the same concepts to sexism. Portions of this piece are lifted verbatim from Dr. Diangelo, just replacing “racism” with “sexism” and “white people” with “men.” So we end up with…


Traveling is stressful at the best of times, unless you have access to private jets at public expense. I don’t, so I have to fly commercial like 99% of the world; there’s a reason they call it the 1%. I live and work in Honduras, but my family all lives in the USA, so I spend a certain amount of time in and out of airports. I recently spent a few weeks back in the US, visiting friends and family.

Things went more or less fine on this end, although a 3 AM wake up meant that I was not…

Linda Leeb

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