This is an uncomfortable conversation, and that's why I'm doing it.
Over the past two weeks, I've been watching and supporting the anti-racism protests across the world and embarking on my own personal journey of awareness and analysis about myself, my personal life and my company on the topic of structural racism, white supremacy and anti-blackness.
It's been scary and revealing.
In this episode, I'm sharing the details of my personal analysis because my guess is that you can relate to one or many of the experiences and environments in which I've lived and worked over the past 40+ years of my life.
I'm sharing some personal stories about growing up in South Jersey, getting arrested, joining a college fraternity that was unabashedly racist, and my observations working in the education, real estate, mortgage, and technology industries.
This isn't a proclamation or a statement – it's simply my way to share ideas about my own personal analysis and action in the hope that it will contribute to you and others in your own analysis and action.
Please share your ideas with me as a comment wherever you're listening to the show, or by sending an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This isn't a later problem anymore. This is a now problem that all of us need to work on together.
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Links & Resources:
Barbara J. Love & Liberatory Consciousness: www.barbarajlove.com
Ericka Hines: www.everylevelleads.com
Rachel Rodgers & Hello Seven's Town Hall Replay: www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=884985288645916
The Anti-Racist Small Business Pledge: https://mk0hellosevencogaqta.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Small-Business-Pledge.pdf
Doing more, doing better – Overcoming the racial divide [LinkedIn post with links to people and resources: