Tag: Race

DEI Might Not Include Diversity of Thought… Bonus Episode with Dr. Tabia Lee

𝐃𝐄𝐈 𝐦𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭
I think most people by now are familiar with DEI trainings and what they are supposed to be about. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, on their face, have an awful lot of merit. In the work I’ve done with this podcast though, we are seeing far too many instances where these programs are being hijacked by “woke” ideology and an almost militant “anti-racist orthodoxy”. Unfortunately, many who are working for the cause of diversity, equity and inclusion, are now ostracized for not “towing the line” as it is defined by the woke and militant. It turns out, DEI might not include diversity of thought.
𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐢𝐬 𝐃𝐫. 𝐓𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐚 𝐋𝐞𝐞?
Dr. Tabia Lee, EdD, a founding member of Free Black Thought, has contributed to the design, implementation, and evaluation of numerous educational and professional development programs. Her commitment to teacher education and pedagogical design is grounded in her experience as a lifelong educator and a National Board Certified English, Civics, and Social Studies teacher in urban American public middle schools. Dr. Lee prepares K-12 and higher education faculty to work with diverse students by focusing on better understanding the pedagogical and curricular implications of ideology-in-practice.
𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐃𝐫. 𝐋𝐞𝐞 𝐛𝐲 𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐰𝐰.𝐃𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐇𝐚𝐭𝐞.𝐜𝐨𝐦

Thank Goodness I Was Bullied! DTH Episode 152 with Madonna Hanna

𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐈 𝐖𝐚𝐬 𝐁𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐝!
Many may be struck by this statement, some may even find it a bit offensive. That I can understand, because when I first read it, I was a bit struck too. Those who have been bullied may even find the statement a bit hurtful and that is by no means the intention. Regular listeners to the DTH podcast know that I speak often of the lessons of my life, and this is definitely one of those times. Both my guest, Madonna Hanna, and I speak on this topic with passion and vulnerability from a position of personal experience. It is my great honor to have met, and share with all of you, this conversation my new friend Madonna Hanna because of her statement, “Thank goodness I was bullied!”
𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐢𝐬 𝐌𝐚𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐚 𝐁. 𝐇𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐚?
Madonna was born on the Pensacola Naval Base and was raised in the conservative white suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts during the 60s and 70s. She was the only African-American student in her elementary school class. Her parents overcame incredible obstacles of discrimination to provide their family with the American dream of a suburban middle-class lifestyle.
Despite her creativity and talent, Madonna faced bullying, racial prejudice, and isolation at school due to the color of her skin. At that time, many white parents would not allow their children to play with her, which is why she only had a few friends.
The pain, loneliness, and injustice Madonna experienced could have destroyed her. But reflecting on it now, she recognizes that these adversities taught her how to meet future challenges with determination. It also informed her decision to always treat others with respect and compassion.
𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐌𝐚𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐚’𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐞𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐝𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐰𝐰.𝐃𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐇𝐚𝐭𝐞.𝐜𝐨𝐦

Getting Along Isn’t Possible If We Aren’t Having The Conversation

Getting Along Isn’t Possible If We Aren’t Having The Conversation

I bring this up because we are just weeks away from yet another contentious election. Accusations are flying, hyperbole is everywhere. Many people are not even having the conversation, they are just going to their corners and staring with disgust at the other side. Hate for the opposition is thick in the air and little of what is said about those on the opposing side is probably true. What would the world, and more specifically our country, be like if people of opposing views had civil discussions again?

It’s been incredibly busy for me in recent weeks, which hasn’t afforded me a lot of time for guest interviews and editing. I am incredibly fortunate to have some great archived episodes with some outstanding guests that I can pull from. One such guest is my friend Angel Eduardo. Getting along, made possible through conversation, is something that Angel does very well. Through his insightful writing, his work with multiple organizations and, as a podcast host on the FAIR perspective podcasts, Angel continues to do incredible work to better the world in which we live.

What is the Theory of Racelessness? DTH Episode 127 with Dr. Sheena Mason

What is the Theory of Racelessness?

Have you ever heard of the term racelessness? What if there were no such thing as race, if race as a “thing” did not exist? Would we then be able to conquer racism? It’s not a hard theory to grab a hold of if you try. This week’s guest has developed the Theory of Racelessness

Episode 102: From Left to Libertarian, A Pro-Human Perspective in the Twin Cities… with Dan Garscia

As many of the regular listeners know, I love organizations that are all about bringing people together, promoting unity and community while also recognizing that we are all individuals with our own thoughts and ideas. This is why I truly adore and respect organizations like FAIR (Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism), Braver Angels and so many others that I have highlighted on the podcast. My friend Rick of Braver Angels recently introduced me Dan Garscia who is a spokesperson for the local Twin Cities chapter of FAIR.

The conversation in this episode was not originally meant to be one for broadcast, but just an introductory conversation between Dan and myself to find out more about FAIR Twin Cities. During the conversation, things were clicking with incredible synergy, so Dan and I decided this would be something of value to the DTH listeners. I have once again found a great collaborator for the Derate the Hate podcast in my new friend Dan Garscia of FAIR Twin Cities. Share this episode with your network, and more importantly, seek out and get involved with local chapters of great organizations like FAIR, Braver Angels and so many others doing great work to bring people together…