We’re talking all about the “whites”: white fragility, white supremacy, white privilege. And all the overlays and intersections of that related to oppression. It’s a tough topic so I brought in two doctors!
Dr. Marcus Robinson is a Social Innovator. Cultural Creative. Transformative Leader, Mystic and educator. He’s led community transformation initiatives across North America and he’s currently the executive Director of Collaboraction, Chicago’s Theatre for Social Change; (and Unabashed Mystic Composer and band leader
Mikhail Lyubansky teaches the Psychology of Race and Ethnicity among other courses at university of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, he writes on race, culture and community for Psychology today, and for the past 10+ years has been deeply involved in restorative justice.
Some Key Takeaways
- The terms themselves, as social constructs, what they mean and how people react or connect are part of the conversation.
- Problems don’t happen at interpersonal level per se…opportunity is when we work together to get at the systemic, legalized and social norms aspect of
- There is a cost to white people for oppression–lost commercial opportunity; funding of prison industrial complex.
- Systems are often invisible to us until something happens to make them visible–for example, policing practices and bias is under scrutiny in a way that it hasn’t been before.
- Direct action, agitation, lobbying, running for office, losing running for office, inside change agents–all are necessary for change.
- We need people in polarizing positions to work on things together. It’s the humanizing of the “other” that is required so that we can then take more risks with each other.
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