Women in the Business Arena™ EP164: George Floyd, Unlearning Racism, and What I’m Doing Next

“I think that's the first thing we all have to step back and look at: are we being real and honest in our responses? Or are we trying to just fit in? Or are we trying to make sure we're not called out? Are we basically hiding in one shape or another? We can hide in silence, but we can also hide in speaking out. So be sure that you're coming from the right place, because whatever you're doing, whatever action you're taking, whatever conversations you're having, they need to be from a real and honest place.” - Sonya Stattmann

I hope you are all doing okay after a heavy few weeks. This week’s episode is a little different than usual because I feel that I need to use my platform to share thoughts about what is going on right now.

Like most people, I have been watching as protests against George Floyd’s murder, police brutality, and racism have occurred all over the country and the world. I have been examining my own role in perpetuating America’s racist systems and looking within myself. And I have been thinking about how everyone feels like they need to make a statement about where they stand.

“I think we don't realize how much we have to look at the system that we've relied on to really see how we've taken part in it. My own journey has been a lot about waking up to how I have contributed. Maybe not consciously, but unconsciously is just as bad. I've relied on this system, it's worked for me. It's gotten me through hard times. It's allowed me to survive. It's gotten me to where I am today. And I think that's the piece we don't recognize or we're not always willing to own.” - Sonya Stattmann

In this solo episode I am talking a bit about my journey to realizing that I have benefitted from the institutional and structural racism that is so common in our country. I talk about some of my experiences, what I’m learning now, and why I think we need to be very intentional and reflective as we educate ourselves about these issues and start to speak up.

Finally, it is important to educate yourself about these issues and how you can better show up. Here are some places you can start to learn about structural racism and becoming anti-racist:

What You’ll Learn:

  • What I have realized about my own role in America’s unjust systems.
  • My own experiences with police and other institutions, and how I have learned that they differ from experiences of Black people throughout the country. 
  • What I am seeing in my industry as people rush to react to the protests.
  • Why it is so important to examine our internal motivations for speaking up on these issues and practice humility.
  • Why we as White people need to do the inner work to dismantle racism within ourselves before coming out and working to change the systems we live in. 
  • Why we need to practice deep listening to Black people and people of color in our communities if we want oppression to end for everybody.

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