Webinar Video Clip: Owning Racism & Living the Solution
There’s been public outcry over numerous incidents that‘s been happening all over the US seen to be fueled by racism throughout the years. More recent cases have people demanding accountability from law enforcement as use of deadly force incidents is tainted with racism allegations. Beneath the violence, discrimination, and the recent clamor to defund the police lies a systemic issue that’s been around for centuries and has been unconsciously existing within all of us.
To unpack this complex topic is one of Justice Clearinghouse’s regulars, Dr. Kimberly Miller. She is a sought-after expert in organizational development with over 15 years’ experience. She provides consulting and training services and serves as a resource speaker through her strength-, relationship-, and skill-based approach that aims to enhance individuals as well as organizations.
Points she discussed in this webinar are:
- A historical view of the roots of racism in the US.
- Zeroing in on the experiences of the Native American and African American communities.
- Understanding how these experiences gave rise to the current struggles and conditions of these segments of the population.
- The concept of systemic racism which establishes structures defining what is acceptable and disadvantages those that do not fall within the norm.
- How systemic racism plays out in present society which creates gaps in the distribution of wealth, access to services, and opportunities.
- Other ways that systemic racism manifests and is perpetuated in society and media.
- What privilege is, common examples of privilege, our tendency to be oblivious to our privilege, and the concepts of White fragility and White privilege.
- Tips on how to work through systemic racism and privilege.
- Having difficult conversations that aim to dismantle these toxic aspects of our culture.
- Keeping emotions in check amidst conversations.
- Demonstrating curiosity and willingness to learn about others’ experiences around the subject.
- Providing perspective and education to those perpetuating stereotypes and beliefs about others.
- Setting boundaries against bigoted speech and attitudes.
- Understanding bias – its implicit and explicit form, how biases are created, and its sources.
- Uncovering implicit bias as observed in limited medical services and resume callbacks for people of color, and even in our relationships.
- Challenging our biases through awareness, skepticism, curiosity, and focusing on being a better version of ourselves.
- How self-care, wellness, and energy management can make a difference on how we show up to the world and manage our biases.
- More guidelines into living the solution by actively being anti-racism, being an effective ally, and conducting ourselves in accordance with ethics.
Audience questions were about:
- Effectively imparting to others what was learned in the webinar concisely.
- Using one’s privilege to advocate for those who are marginalized and discriminated against.
- How our inability to own up to our implicit biases may hinder our progress to overcome it.
Dr. Miller also provided details on how to avail her paid four-week intensive class called Examining Privilege, Racial Inequality and Biases: Looking Inside and Transforming Outside that aims to deep dive on concepts touched upon in this session.
This is part of a 3-part series:
- Owning Racism & Living the Solution (this webinar)
- July 28: Beyond Racism: Identifying The Roadblocks, Barriers & Blind Spots That Are Holding Your Organization Back
- August 12: Transformation & Change for Criminal Justice Professionals
Resources and Handouts
- Link to sign up for Kimberly’s Course: https://www.kimberlymillerphd.com/a/30523/rdQCVjZS
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Friere
- Everyday Bias: Identifying & Navigating Unconscious Judgment In Our Daily Lives by Howard Ross
- Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason & The Human Brain by Antonio Damasio
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
- “I never really thought about [this topic, until] this presentation brought to my attention the racism behind having an “ethnic” aisle in a store. That I feel is so normalized that I never even realized it. Thank you so much, I look forward to other presentations. — Alejandra
- “I don’t know if I learned anything “new” but it has challenged me to listen better before responding. I also think the Law Enforcement Community needs to be honest about the racism that affects it all over America. Currently, we are not.” — Arrow
- “Will probably listen again and (hopefully) be able to process it all better. It was really helpful. Thank you.” — Charla
- “The presenter was non-judgemental.” — Chris
- “I think going into the history of racism is always important, and then looking at privilege as a tool to help us see how we benefit from it and how the lack of it holds others back. Very timely webinar. Thank you.” — Christina
- “Dr. Miller was a very knowledgeable speaker. This is the best class I have taken on race in the past 6 years. No guilt was assigned, everything was spelled out and explained and now I know more about the subject and am willing to bring it into my workplace.” — Christine
- “Her humility to admit that she also has a bias, I had been in many webinars were the presenters never admits that.” — Elvita
- “Amazing! I just loved your great attitude and the welcoming place you came from. I learned an abundance of things!” — Emily
- “Dr. Miller was very well spoken of a difficult topic for many people to accept. Well Done.” — Jason
- “I think Kim did a great job cramming so much material into such little time. The history and issues go so deep, I am glad to hear she has a thorough class available for people to try to learn and grow. It has been needed for so long.” — Leah
- “All information on this topic is equally valuable in understanding the roots of racism. Thank you for tackling this topic.” — LaTonya
- “I love the tips on how to deal with people in the workplace when they’re angry and/or talking to you in an unpleasant way and how you should react.” — Martika
- “I enjoyed the personal experience she shared and as a Native American, I thought that she gave tangible steps for us all to be better people to each other.” — Tracey
- “Kim, as usual, you provide a perspective that is fresh, and eye-opening. Thank you for framing the history of racism, into the current day.” — Tina