Being anti-racist is part of all of our purposes. It’s the only way to elevate the world. But white people aren’t experts on race, so how do I (or you, if white), do it? After the brutal murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (and others) this summer, I wanted to know what I could do. Many of my white clients and listeners asked the same – where do we start? This episode gives you answers. Gives you the first — and second and third — steps to take. It’s our responsibility as white people to educate ourselves towards being as anti-racist as we possibly can and to use our voices for equality. Admittedly, the conversation feels hard and awkward (for me at least), but we need to have it – to see our blind spots, learn and grow. That’s what this episode is about. Feel into – how is race part of YOUR purpose? Your happiness? After the tragic murders of innocent black people during the summer of 2020, I woke up to my whiteness. As silly as this may sound, I identified so strongly with being Jewish that I didn’t actively realize that I was white. But now, I’m actively stepping into the shoes of my whiteness, and I see how if I want all women to live their dreams, I must do more for racial justice.
So, I’m using my privilege – and my platform – to elevate the voices who are more expert than me. And I’m learning. Let’s learn together.
Today’s PurposeGirl Podcast guests use their platform – The Kinswomen Podcast – to help educate people all over the world about racial justice conversations, communication, and marketing. Yseult Polfliet and Hannah Summerhill are great friends who help people have the difficult interracial conversations that need to be had. In this episode, they helped me share a story of racism I’ve never shared (it’s POWERFUL) and allowed me to ask them questions we all need to consider to have racial justice and to be an anti-racist.
In this episode you will:
- Learn the first step to take if you want to help with racial justice.
- Learn the importance of making the shift between “doing well” and “meaning well.”
- Be led through questions you can ask yourself to uncover where your inner work needs to begin to become more anti-racist.
- Be challenged to push your own limits of what you imagine and understand diversity to be.
- Understand how to start the work in your own community, and with your own individual actions.
- Hear my personal story about racism.
- Understand the fact that it is almost always the oppressed communities that are doing the work to liberate themselves, and that it’s past time that communities of power use their position and privilege to work towards liberation.
- Recognize that we all have blind spots, and that finding them is messy, but necessary.
Let’s raise our voices together!
About The Kinswomen
Yseult Polfliet and Hannah Summerhill are founders of the Kinswomen, a podcast and platform that aims to bridge the gaps between women of color and white women, and have conversations on race and racism from a place of love and compassion. Kinswomen has been named best of 2020 by Elle, Cosmo, and Marie Claire. In addition to their podcast, they facilitate anti-racism courses, and work with companies on their anti-racism journeys. You can learn more about them at http://www.kinswomenpodcast.com, and follow them on Instagram (@the.kinswomen).
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