What's this episode all about?
This is the second episode in a short series on “status power”, or the power that we hold that is connected to our membership in various groups in society.
Personal note from Jeff about this series;
“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;
Articles on white privilege;
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;