Beth Demme Blog

In episodes 35 and 39, Steph and I explored the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests and the reality of white privilege. In this episode, we check in on our ongoing learning. We have an honest conversation about why it’s important for white people to do this work for themselves (rather than expecting our black friends to do it) and how our upbringing and educational system can get in the way of our learning. For example, growing up in the South, we both learned to celebrate the success of plantation owners rather than questioning an economy built on the enslavement of humans. And what about Black History Month? It may have started with a positive intention but has it become a way to keep our history segregated? As always the episode ends with Questions for Reflection so you can reflect on the conversation in your own life.

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  1. Have you ever visited a plantation? What were your thoughts and feelings while you were there?
  2. What do you think of Black History month? How does that relate to American history?
  3. Are you willing to examine how racism has pervaded all aspects of America?
  4. What is something you can do today to show that Black Lives Matter?
  5. Are you uncomfortable learning about systemic racism and its roots in slavery? Why?