Author: Kenley Neufeld

  • Ten Books to Read

    Here you will find a selection of the books I’ve read this year. The first five titles are non-fiction followed by five fiction titles. The fiction titles are predominately science fiction or fantasy but are easy crossovers for those who don’t typically read genre fiction.  Our History is the Future by Nick Estes  The author of…

  • “All Lives Matter” says Santa Barbara City College Trustee

    When a Board Resolution called “Affirming our Commitment for Black and African American Students, Faculty and Staff” doesn’t pass unanimously (5-2), you know the college has a problem. And this is exactly what happened at my place of employment on June 25, 2020. I am angry that the continued racism and white supremacy is allowed…

  • Being an Antiracist Means Diligence, Persistence, and Fearlessness

    The protests must continue. It is clear they do create change. For those of us maintaining our quarantine, we may feel like we’re missing out. But we need to remember that protest is just one vehicle for change, especially for White Americans. There is a lot we can do to support antiracist work in all…

  • Defund the Police and End Carceral System

    I finished the book Biased by Dr. Jennifer L. Eberhardt on the same day that George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police. The book contains page after page of research, over a period of decades, demonstrating how bias plays out in our lives. And more importantly, how it plays out in law enforcement. The book…

  • Racial Divide and a Buddhist Response

    This is a repost of an article I wrote in December 2014 on Medium. It seems relevant to post today as the same issues remain. Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Man is not the enemy. Our enemy is our anger, hatred, greed, fanaticism and discrimination.” We live in a small town—Ojai, CA. It can be somewhat…

  • Angry Buddhist

    There is anger in me today, and I am not pushing it away. I’m so torn between staying abreast to what’s occurring in our society and crawling under a rock. Every time I see a headline or hop onto Twitter, it surges my anger. And maybe this is something that’s okay, especially if it drives…

  • Capitalism and White Supremacy

    Capitalism and White Supremacy. I don’t know if that’s quite the right title. I really wanted to have the Environment in there too. Anyway, these are the topics I’ve been wrestling with lately and are the general theme of this essay. Introduction The quarantine of 2020 has forced each of us to live and do…