The events last Saturday in Charlottesville have reminded us of our country’s continuing, deep discomfort with fulfilling the promise of social parity across race lines.
Brené Brown, a professor of sociology at University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, used Facebook Live on Tuesday, August 15 to share her thoughts on the subject.
(Some will recognize Professor Brown from her very popular TED talks on shame.)
Brown speaks about the power of owning our stories: when we own our story we get to write the ending; otherwise the story owns us.
She applies the concept to our collective society – America can own its painful and discomforting narrative as a country founded on white supremacy, and write a new ending; otherwise, that narrative will continue in a far more painful and discomforting manner.
She describes the three P’s of owning our national story:
Brown’s talk illustrates what our Civil Dialoguers have been learning about framing, identification, and non-violent communication. She calls us to be brave, to hold the conversation even though our imperfect attempts may be used against us, to shame us. We make ourselves better by trying.
A little light reading...
And here’s more food for thought for you Civil Dialoguers, three brief articles in a downloadable PDF:
• Unpacking the Invisible Backpack of Privilege (Peggy McIntosh)
• I Can Fix It (damali ayo)
• The Fears of White People (Robert Jensen)