The Bossy Bees Talk about Racism

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In today’s episode, we continue our antiracist series with a conversation directly about racism. Through practice, Kim and I have created an open and honest space to talk to each other. We are talking about our experiences, interpretations on current and historical events, and insights we’ve learned from listening to others.

We respectfully honor, even between each other, that our paths look different as we tackle ways to be anti racist. Our hope is that our listeners, friends, family, neighbors also find ways to create dialogue on the issues that prop of white supremacy and racism in the United States. There is no easy fix, but, we believe that the only way forward is to create a productive and healthy dialogue, together.

  • What is anti racism and what it means to be an anti racist
  • The structure of racism, particularly focused on interpersonal, and how the cycle that keeps it going
  • Deconstructing the concept of racism. Recognizing another person’s experience and how that effects us from the moment we wake up every single day
  • What is “location” and why it’s important to understand your own intersectionality
  • The antiracist mindset and some of the tools we can use to disrupt the momentum of racism
  • Some of the resources we have found memorable in our journey of understanding
  • An introduction and personal examples we’ve witnessed or experienced of how racism and white supremacy shows up at work and in our community (tone policing, white feminism, white privilege, white centering, microaggressions, etc.)

Resources to further your anti racism work

Please listen to our first podcast in our anti racism series, The Bossy Bees Tackle Bias. We have intentionally create a scaffolded approach to this conversation that mirrors the way racism appears in our lives. We’ve assembled a list of resources that we have referenced in the podcast or have found inspiring in our own journey to become better ancestors. And, don’t forget to come back next week and check out our final podcast in our short series on anti racism. 

  • The 13th (Film)
  • Racial Equity Institute (Trainings, blogs, workshops, etc.)
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi
  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  • A Black Theology of Liberation by James Cone
  • The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

As always, we encourage you to purchase books from your local bookstores, we’ve linked to our own local bookstores when possible!

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