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.