catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Color Positive

vol. 7, num. 20 :: 2008.11.07 — 2008.11.21

One might say, “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who don’t ever have to consider the color of their skin and those who must consider the color of their skin every day.”  Stories about the pursuit of an anti-racist society.



Eyes to see

Reflections on the inadequacy of colorblindness from an anti-racism community organizer.


No stopping or standing

Electing a leader of color is a signpost on a journey, not a destination.


What I’ve learned from planning UnLearn Week

The principles behind and origins of one institution's efforts to dismantle racism.

Shades of beige and brown and tan

Figuring out how to examine categories as a means of dismantling prejudice.

Dealing with differences

The difficulty of seeing other cultures-and our own-with eyes wide open.

On his brownness

How can those whose genes embody an intersection of ethnicities uniquely contribute to understanding and reconciliation?

A glimpse overseas

A report on race relations in Russia.

Conversation: “Color Positive”

Your opportunity to be a part of the conversation about race and racism.

Living in slavery's shadow

A brief analysis of today's racial justice issues through the historical lens of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.


Grant’s recommendations 11.7.08

Classic rock sounds in indie's Deerhoof and surrealism in Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1973 film The Holy Mountain.


In case you missed it the first time

Learning to live on both sides of the river

In The Other Side of the River, Alex Kotlowitz recounts a story that displays the complexities of racial segregation in America today.

Overcoming differences with a universal language

A small, diverse community of 8,500 people discovers a positive, proactive way to bring racial groups together.

Good News to the poor

A trip to India inspires reflection on the nature of Christian evangelism and mission to the poor.

Weaving the web

Radio in Black and White

A multi-racial team tackles racism by taking on vital issues in their hour-long radio show. Check out the archives to listen.


September 24, 2008: Cornel West

One of the nation’s top black scholars appears on The Colbert Report.


Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzalez

A biography and video clips about a man who sought justice for the Chicano community in Denver.




This was not always the case

A letter to future offspring in the wake of a U.S. election.

daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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