Episode #64 Check Your Privilege
When Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was offered pastoral positions in two states – one in Michigan and one in Alabama – he chose the latter. He leveraged the benefits of his northern education and traded comfort for the Jim Crow South. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Amy Seiffert honor Dr. King’s legacy by exploring our responses to unequal opportunity.
The goal isn't to feel shame and guilt for this. What we want is these privileges for everyone.Amy Seiffert
- Not every advantage we have in life is the result of our choices.
- We often take for granted the privileges we have, not realizing that others do not have the same opportunities.
- A lack of insight into white privilege often reflects a lack of genuine friendship with Black and brown people.
- The result of acknowledging our privilege should be grit rather than guilt.
- An awareness of our privilege cultivates a desire for others to have the same opportunities that we do.
- We gain a deeper understanding of our privilege when we have ongoing relationships with people who lack privilege.
- Decentralize yourself from a conversation about privilege, recognizing that you may not have too much but that others may have too little.
- Seek out resources such as books and social media accounts dedicated to exploring white privilege and racial inequality.
- Examine your response to the word “privilege,” ensuring a posture of openness rather than defensiveness.
In This Episode
Black Lives Matter
This is a significant and tragic moment in history. Will we be silent? Or will we speak up? DMB Coaching hit pause on posting any new podcast episodes since the horrific death of George Floyd. However, Dr. Michael Brown is now ready to speak. In this passionate, provocative, and tearful conversation with Sammy Adebiyi, these two close friends talk openly about systemic racism, social injustice, economic disparity, and a wide variety of related topics in an honest and hopeful dialogue.
Everyone Is Equal
There is such tension surrounding conversations of equality because they often lead to uncomfortable questions with apparent but uncomfortable answers. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Barb Roose help us make the essential connection between what we value and how we live.
Write 'Em Up
What if submitting a formal report was not an act of cowardice but of courage, not an act of retaliation but of reconciliation? This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Justin Brown encourage us to lean into difficult conversations and offer an alternative for when we fail to speak up.