EP 17: Anti-racism for Allies Q&A Session - Co-host Rachel ChristensenFeb 18, 2021
In this session, we cover the difference between "Black" and "African American."
We also go over ways to express your solidarity with your friends of color in the fight against racism and what that support looks like.
Special guest Rachel Christensen shares her experiences as an ally.
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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
(13:33) What to Expect
(14:45) Creating a Positive Space
(28:40) Can we talk about some of the criticism of the word ally in regard to racism?
(33:05) Can we use the word ‘Black” when referring to African Americans? What about others with African heritage who are American?
(33:15) When do you refer to someone as Black and when do you refer to someone as African American? I’m learning that the difference has to do with someone's ancestors but how do you know or ask without being offensive?
(37:23) How do you confront people (family members) who claim they’re allies but still say racist things or seem to only be able to describe non-caucasian people by the color of their skin?
(37:43) How do you address racist behavior without making someone defensive so that they are open to learning rather than feeling like they need to defend their behaviors because “they’re not racist?”
(46:24) How can I check in with my friends of color but not burden them to explain anything or make assumptions about how they are feeling.
(46:36) How do I demonstrate to my black friends and colleagues that I support them without making them feel pressured to talk about racism? I want to express that I stand in solidarity with them but don’t want to make them feel uncomfortable or feel like they have to talk about racism with yet another white person.
(1:00:58) After George Floyd’s passing, I’ve been contacted once by my manager. How do I navigate the conversation with my manager with who I don’t have a close relationship with? I am dealing with various hardships on top of having to balance my workload.”
(1:05) My friend comes from a very conservative background which is not supportive of the BLM movement. Because of this she isn’t vocal about her support of the movement and chooses not to participate in conversations about the topic whenever we (me and my other friends) bring it up. It makes me think she doesn’t care enough about black lives and it’s causing me to not want to be her friend anymore. Is it wrong for me to distance myself from her?
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