The resident faculty left a flyer outside the mail room door. The message began: “This flyer does not announce a 5k race.” We hope that was a clue. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, the Squirrel highlighted What’s at Stake in 2012 in Furthermore!, addisnana shared New Year’s Eve Hiking in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan warned of the Fastest Sea Level Rise in 2100 Years in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive celebrated that 2011 Was A Great Year for LGBT Equality in Morning Feature, addisnana discussed Practical Citizenship in Furthermore!, readers collaborated on Tuesday’s Tale: The Sasquatch Swatch in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan shared how Diamonds Reveal Earth’s History in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, Winning Progressive cautioned that NDAA a Dangerous Precedent, Even With the Signing Statement in Morning Feature, the Squirrel ranted on What Else Is at Stake in Furthermore!, addisnana critiqued Bridal Gowns and Privilege in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan asked Where Have All the Flowers Gone? in Our Earth.

On Thursday, we began our Back to Work series with Meet Fred, Again in Morning Feature, and winterbanyan described a coffee shop Caveat Emptor in Midday Matinee and discussed how Urban Development Affects Weather in Our Earth.

On Friday, we continued our Back to Work series with Fred Whispering, Again in Morning Feature, Smartypants made her BPI debut with Negotiations to End the Indefinite War in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan asked about Not So Pristine Water? in Our Earth.

On the weekend, we concluded our Back to Work series with Working Together in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked Blah, Whuh, Hih, Huh? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, we wandered the hollow halls with Silly Sunday Returns! in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan brought our weekly Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

Note: Please share your stories of offline activism in Things We Did This Week.

Thus we return to the note left by the resident faculty, as they made their way from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference. The message read:

This flyer does not announce a 5k race next Saturday at 10am, starting in front of the BPI Student Union.

The staff were unaware that there was a 5k race next Saturday. Pootie the Precious liked the idea and began batting and chasing her sponge ball around the mail room. The Professor of Astrology Janitor noted that Professor Plum has been jogging for several months, and thought the race might be his idea. Chef replied that Professor Plum hadn’t jogged much during the holiday season, and she doubted he would want to resume with a five kilometer race.

“It’s a clue,” the Squirrel texted on his Blewberry. “The flyer says it’s not about a race, but it mentions a race. Just like last week’s mail.”

It’s true that last week’s mail was about race, and denials about race. That has been a frequent pattern in Republican campaigns for decades, and became even more blatant since President Obama took office. From health care reform to immigration, from education to public employees, the message is whispered and sometimes shouted: President Obama and Democrats want to take from whites and give to non-whites. Anyone who disagrees, or even calls attention to that dialogue, is “playing the race card.”

This week the resident faculty will explore a law review article by Berkeley Law School professor Ian Haney-López and other sources to unpack contemporary dialogues about race and white privilege, and how those dialogues will influence the 2012 elections and beyond.

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Happy Monday!