In the wake of the senseless injustice over the recent deaths of black people (Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd), I found my voice in time to record this, what I hope will be powerful, insightful and accountable episode of the podcast. For days and days I couldn’t find my words so I just prayed. Prayed because I am tired. Prayed because the black woman in me didn’t know what else to do.
This is not okay.
I have been asking myself “What’s going on?” for days and days only to be given an unction to pray. Pray because there are no words to describe how I, a black woman, who is married to a black man desiring to have black babies can make sense of the targets on the backs of my people for no good reason.
As a black woman leader, as difficult as it is, I cannot sit silently. As Martin Luther King, Jr himself exclaimed, “there comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
As cities burn and people fume, we must do better. And I am doing my part to help us to do just that.
So, I’m speaking up because I can. I should. I must. And even though this is uncomfortable everything thing I said had to be said.
In this episode, I’m making a call to action with 12 Keys for every person who doesn’t condone the injustice pillaging through black community after black community. It is my prayer that as you listen, you are empowered, your are equipped, you are hopeful for being the change you want to see in the world and most importantly you are prepared to do something about that question on everyone’s lips: What’s going on?.
Books Referenced in the Episode:
- This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America by Morgan Jenkins
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Renni Eddo-Lodge
- White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.
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