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The 20-Minute Talk: Episode 6–Hope, Healing, and Harmony for Antiracism
This episode focuses how one’s positionality may define what is hope, healing, and harmony for antiracism. Also, the guests discuss the tension of unity vs. self-determination (i.e. how to acknowledge that those who have been historically marginalized are often called to temper their pursuit of racial justice at the intersections, in efforts to unify fractured communities). Guests share their ideals and strategies to negotiate the tensions of unity versus racial equity in their school community context.
Dismantling Racial Hierarchies, Ending Miseducation
Huffington Post, August 15, 2016
Governor Mark Dayton offered these words the day after Philando Castile, a 32-year-old Black male and school cafeteria manager, was killed. Hennepin County Medical examiner’s official press report stated Castile’s manner of death was “homicide” from multiple gunshot wounds.
At the end of Governor Dayton’s remarks he says, “Justice will be served in Minnesota!” This statement came on the heels of demands from those attending a Black Lives Matter rally requesting the governor to “effect change.”
As a person of both Indigenous and European descent, my soul became overwhelmed with grief and fear based upon my own encounters, both positive and negative, with law enforcement. To help process the recent events, I turned to hear what President Barack Obama had to offer. I heard “that all of us as Americans should be troubled by these shootings because these are not isolated incidents.” Regrettably, this truth did not calm my fears or remove my grief, but it did inspire me to write.
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Less Talk, More Action: Collaborating to Reduce Racial Disparities in Education
Huffington Post, May 24, 2016
Racial equity is not simply a buzz phrase. It is the foundation on which our national consciousness must be anchored if we are to heal the wounds of systemic racism and oppression.
That’s true all over the United States, and my city, Minneapolis, is no exception.
If you’ve lived in or near here for any length of time, that should come as no surprise. Communities such as Minneapolis and St. Paul often are on the front pages of local news outlets regarding racial disparities. In the midst of these disparities, leaders such as Minneapolis Councilmember Abdi Warsame provide some real talk about addressing the issues. Warsame says, “if you want to reduce the equity gap, you have to have less talk and [have] more action.”
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