What usually happens when we try to talk about Race?
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- Some people get stuck in denial
- Some people get stick in guilt and shame
- Some don't say anything, for fear of saying "the wrong thing."
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There is a missing piece. A huge, untapped resource. It is what I call the "hidden demographic."
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These are people who are not in denial about racial inequities, and yet they also don't consider themselves "activists." They want to connect with like-minded people. They want a process that is more wholistic and engages each person's "whole humanity."
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For example, coming together to build a home for someone feels good. It's human nature. It "feels good to do good." We are generating a solution, together. It is "generative."
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Denial, guilt and shame are non-generative emotions -- we can't build anything from those places.
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Also, when someone mistreats your friend or family member, you don't respond with denial, guilt, or shame; rather, you respond with care, concern, and action.
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When it comes to racial equity and race relations, what we need to engage is our human "ability to respond," as poet David Whyte discusses the meaning of the word "responsibility." It's not a burden; it is, rather, a wholly human way to come together.
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- J.G. Boccella
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