031 – The Problem with Privilege
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031 – The Problem with Privilege

What's this episode all about?

Personal note from Jeff;

“This conversation, about race and racism, privilege and power, division and hate vs. unity and love….it’s a big conversation. Bigger than me, and bigger than you. 

It’s a conversation that for me, a middle-aged white man in North America, is all too easy to ignore. To pretend that it doesn’t need to be had. 

It does. And just because it’s 400 years overdue, doesn’t mean anything….except that it’s 400 years overdue.

I am an imperfect ally, as any ally is. But allowing that imperfection to become hesitation, and that hesitation to become silence, and for silence to turn into complicity…is no longer an option.

It is not enough to be ‘not racist’. We must become actively anti-racist.

And with all important conversations, the language we use matters greatly. The meaning that we make of the words being spoken or spray-painted on the streets, it’s in that meaning, and the development of shared understanding, that we’ll find common ground or continue to sow defensiveness and anger.

In that spirit, the next few episodes of the podcast will be making sense of some words, interrogating some of the language, that we’ve chosen to use in this conversation that is, fundamentally, a conversation about power.”

Show Notes & Resources

Previous guests on this podcast discussing equity, racism and inclusion;

Kelly Wickham Hurst on Being Black at School – episode 4

Dr. Muna Saleh and the Danger of a Single Story – episode 16

Dr. Paul Gorski and Equity Literacy – episode 6

Articles on white privilege;

https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/fall-2018/what-is-white-privilege-really

https://bthechange.com/4-steps-we-can-take-as-white-people-to-fight-racism-a582e826eb92

Books to read;

How to be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Videos to watch;

This TED playlist.

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