Episode #78 Verdicts Don't Heal
“Guilty on all three counts.” The conviction of Derek Chauvin created a complex mix of emotions for communities who have been collectively holding their breaths since last May. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and racial justice activist Anthony King reflect on the legacy of George Floyd and consider how much more work is required before justice becomes a reality.
George Floyd still has lost his life. He will still never be able to see his daughter graduate high school, never see his daughter marry anyone, never get a chance to hug his wife, never get a chance to see his brother anymore. So I don’t believe that justice has been reached yet. I do believe that this is a start.Anthony King
- Every organization that fights for justice experiences resistance within the local community.
- Education about racial inequality is not alone sufficient to cultivate empathy.
- The fight against racism is lifelong, and progress comes far more slowly than we would prefer.
- Hundreds of Black people have been killed by police within the past 20 years, but only a handful of involved police officers have been convicted of murder.
- The Black Lives Matter movement is often rejected outright as the result of rare instances of violent protests.
- Verdicts are at best a step toward justice through accountability, but they are not all that justice requires.
- The fight for justice, though never easy, can be incredibly motivating and fulfilling.
- Healing always takes place within the context of relationship and requires the commitment to cultivating difficult dialogue.
- Engage in one controversial conversation this week where your primary goal is to listen.
- When difficult conversations become unsettling, make a commitment to stay put as an expression of love.
- Lean into diverse and nuanced perspectives within racial and political groups rather than painting each community with broad brush strokes.
- Accept with grace the reality that Black and brown people may lack the emotional capacity to engage in contentious conversations about race, as the topic may feel far more personal than theoretical.
- Evaluate yourself honestly by asking the question, “How are my own opinions and actions contributing to racial inequality?”
In This Episode
Look Listen Learn
More than ever, dialogue surrounding racial equality and social justice are at the center of our collective attention. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Corey Norris unpack the essential components of conversations that build empathy and create understanding.
Is Unity Possible?
The notion of unity can be both powerful and unsettling: powerful because it tugs at the heartstrings of what we most desire, yet unsettling because we fear for what we might lose in the process. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Steve Rieske bring their 3-part conversation about our Country in Crisis to a very practical and hopeful conclusion.
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.