Racial Justice

Talking about racism isn’t divisive. The way we talk about it often is.

Last week, I dove into an online conversation with someone in my network about the politics of talking about institutional racism. 

The crux of his argument, (I believe) was that when people talk about white privilege, or criticize America for its institutionalized racism, for instance, we are being divisive, and even racist (against white people) or classist. 

I disagree. But that’s not the point of this post. 

The Persuasion Paradox (How winning sometimes takes letting go of winning)

To make an impact, we've got to let go of winning.

That might sound odd, especially for anyone going to protests, or working on an advocacy or electoral campaign. It might sound near impossible if you're in the heat of a contentious campaign.  

And to be clear, I’m not advocating that we as progressives stop being serious about change. We've got to keep asking ourselves the tough questions: How will our efforts make a difference? Are we making progress? How can we do better? I want change too, and these questions are essential.

And so is your capacity to lead and inspire. 

That's why I’m talking about how to more powerfully connect and persuade those around you -- to take a resonant stand -- through a practice of letting go. 

How to talk to your (non-black) family about Black Lives Matter

After the last 48 hours, one thing is clear. We can’t leave this up to black people. We’ve got to do our part.

And I'm seeing a lot of white and brown folks in my social feeds who want to do more to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

One thing we all can do is talk about it. And not just to people who already agree with us. But with everyone who really matters to us -- our parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, colleagues, college buddies, and neighbors. This is our circle of influence -- where we as individuals are better positioned to make an impact than anyone else. After all, if you can't get your mom thinking about BLM, then who can?