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Systemic oppression and institutional racism against black, indigenous, and people of color has existed in the United States for more than 400 years. The recent killings of innocent black lives is yet another reminder of the violence and pain caused by white supremacy culture and police brutality. It’s important that I as a white person am using my voice and privilege to speak up and speak out as an advocate for racial equality in our country and to work to actively dismantle the systems that disproportionately affect people of color. 

In this two-part episode, I’m sharing what I’ve learned in recent years that helped me move from ignorance towards antiracism, including mistakes I made that harmed people of color, specifically my students. To my listeners of color, I hope that by sharing my story and information about systemic racism in these two episodes it will take some of the burden placed on you to educate white Americans about racial injustice in our country. To my white listeners, I hope you hear something that changes your perspective, teaches you something new, or inspires you to take action in an even bigger and bolder way than you’ve done before.

Summary & Highlights: 
In this episode, Chrissy shares information and experiences that have helped her move from ignorance towards antiracism, including:
  • how her segregated K-12 education produced ignorance in a systematic way for herself and her white classmates
  • ​the first time she noticed her own racial identity as a white person during a two week service trip outside of the United States
  • ​how Glenn Singleton’s Courageous Conversations Compass was a helpful framework in drafting this story, with the goal of centering herself in the middle of the four parts of the compass: emotional, intellectual, moral and relational
  • ​a mistake she made that put students in an uncomfortable and (likely) painful situation due to her ignorance about the complexity of conversations about discrimination, oppression, and race
  • ​why she is taking responsibility for racist beliefs and racist actions instead of focusing on shameful feelings
  • ​examples of unconscious biases and deficit-based language that led to missed opportunities for connection and compassion, causing harm instead
  • ​men and women of color who have used their voices to teach, advocate, and call us (white people) to action: Rachel Rodgers, Rachel Cargle, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Eberhardt, Charles M. Blow, Stacey Abrams, David Oyelowo, Rashad Robinson, Ava DuVernay, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Bishop William J. Barber II, and Professor Ibram X. Kendi
  • ​educators and colleagues who shared their personal stories and led conversations about antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion: Tamala Wiley, Ryan Colon, Jalinda Soto, Sheena Lights, Tiayana Marks, Adrienne Williams, Vanna O’Conner, Zachary Parker, Tamoya Rose-Watson, and Verta Maloney
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