What Is Race Files?

Race:  A social invention originating as a folk idea and ideology about human differences in order to create a white elite based on white race supremacy and to justify the exploitation of darker skinned people.

Files:  A collection of papers or published materials organized by subject.

Why This Blog?

To do my little part in building the echo chamber that I believe we need for progressive ideas to be repeated, to spread, and to flourish.

And Who The Hell Am I?

My name is Scot Nakagawa. That’s me, the guy in the picture, trying to decide whether or not to smile at the camera. I am a Senior Partner in ChangeLab, a grassroots think tank dedicated to addressing issues of race and racism in the U.S.

For the last 30+ years, I have worked in social justice. I’ve been a service provider and an activist on causes such as ending racial violence, exposing and stopping vigilante white supremacist groups, organizing against the political right wing, winning GLBT rights, and fighting the prison build-up and ending racism in our criminal justice system.

I’ve worked with:

  • Coalition for Human Dignity
  • Western States Center
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  • The Western Prison Project/Partnership for Safety and Justice
  • Highlander Research and Education Center
  • World Council of Churches United States Urban-Rural Mission, among others

I’ve been a teacher, a social worker, a political campaigner, organizational manager, writer, philanthropy executive, and social movement analyst. I guess you can say I’ve been there and back again on a journey that has taken me to places I didn’t even know existed as a kid growing up in a poor, rural town in Hawai’i.

To my fellow travelers, the people I’ve worked with over those years, and especially to the prisoners of the racist war on drugs, this blog is dedicated with affection and the sincere hope that we will one day find ourselves in a time when the arc of history finally intersects with justice.


10 Responses to “About”

  1. Kayla Weiner April 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    Scot. I am really enjoying your blog. Thanks, Kayla

  2. Glenn Robinson May 31, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    Re: “… model minority myth is a lie.”
    I think that’s a double negative.

    Maybe should be:
    “…model minority stereotype is a lie.”
    “…model minority stereotype is trumped up.”
    “…model minority stereotype is whack.”
    “…model minority statistics don’t tell the whole truth.”
    “…there is no such thing as a model minority”


  3. Enrique Tessieri July 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    I enjoyed reading your blog entry “Blinkered by race.” Would it be possible to repost it on Migrant Tales? http://www.migranttales.net

    • Race Files July 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      Sure. I would be honored. Thanks for asking.

  4. blkcowrie ☥ August 2, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    so glad to be able to easily access your brilliance, Scot. 😉

  5. Ja'Dell October 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    I am so encouraged by your words and perspective. Because, you know, truth makes me happy.


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