Season 1, Episode 12
DESCRIPTION: After years of learning to survive in an unwelcome environment, Gabe is tired of trying to make others feel comfortable around him. The time for talk is over; he wants to see action and change.
Gabe 0:10 Even at that age, I knew there was a difference. I was different. I knew I looked different from everyone. I knew that our family looked different from other families. But I didn’t understand why and it didn’t really bother me…
Season 1, Episode 11
DESCRIPTION: For Melanie and her community, protecting the earth and our water is a way of life — even if it puts them in conflict with others — because, without it, there is no life.
We’re calling Earth activists — get your vote out, make it count. Help protect Mother Earth, help protect the water.
This guy goes, I need a job more than I need water, though. And I was like, Yeah, but without water, you’re…
Season 1, Episode 10
DESCRIPTION: Dylan experienced a childhood that most people don’t even know still exists and it ended up shifting his entire worldview for the rest of his life.
Dylan references two amazing resources for Land Acknowledgment:
Dylan 0:00 I think we could easily say that white people as a whole do not understand what people of color go through, do not understand that experience of what it is to be a person of color in the country. And what does…
Season 1, Episode 9
DESCRIPTION: While Kyndra was made fun of as a child for her looks, it’s the present-day bullying for her unpopular political beliefs that really makes her feel like she doesn’t fit in within her own community.
Kyndra 0:10 I make little race jokes. Like here’s an example: I say man, white people are wild. Y’all really are charging us $100 off of ancestry.com tell us where you took us from. You know? You can, you can make race funny…
Season 1, Episode 8
DESCRIPTION: Nick — lead of the band, Buenos Diaz — has been playing rock ‘n roll all his life, but that hasn’t stopped people from typecasting him and his music to fit their own assumptions. Check out the latest from Buenos Diaz at www.buenosdiazmusic.com
Nick 0:10 I’m American, as much as my parents were born or grandparents or great grandparents were born in Mexico. I mean, I was born in America, as an inner-city kid in Houston, Texas. I’m…
Season 1, Episode 7
DESCRIPTION: Katie has thought a lot about how she dealt with race when playing make-believe as a child, but she wonders if she will be equipped to handle her kids’ questions about race as they grow older.
Katie 0:10 I think it’s weird how we say, you know, this American, that American for other things, and then you’re just like, white. Versus like, if we’re gonna go world origin — American, let’s do it for everyone. That’s the privilege…
Season 1, Episode 6
Description: Ken feels his community is often treated as an invisible group, but neither that nor growing up with privilege are keeping him and his family safe right now.
I do have privilege and it’s really hard to even admit that sometimes because you don’t want to comment on it. …
Season 1, Episode 5
Description: Turk felt the sting of race starting at a young age, and with humor as her shield, it set her on a path to building inclusive workspaces for those who need it most.
Turk 0:10 You know, if I see a confederate flag on someone’s hat, something’s gonna happen. I don’t know if I’m gonna think about it first, or if my body’s gonna do it first. So to tell someone to get over…
Season 1, Episode 4
Description: Akeem gets conflicting input about his race when he has to pick a box to check on the state aptitude test, triggering decades of questioning whether he wants to be in the box people put him in.
Akeem 0:10 I think the hard part is realizing that my kids are going to be even more American than me. Like when I was a kid, we went to Iraq twice. And I have these fond…
Words matter. Language matters. Today I’m ruminating on the latest article from Sam McKenzie Jr. on the problem with the term “Racial Equity,” and I couldn’t agree more. I’m heartened by this administration’s renewed effort to fight racism, however, most measures put in place are palliative in nature — treating the symptom, not the disease. At the risk of seeming pedantic, McKenzie successfully crafts a clear critique of executive orders that attempt to amend, or counter, white hierarchy rather than upending the white hierarchy.
“As a white hierarchy, race is inequitable, and it can only ever be inequitable. [Thus] ‘Racial equity’ tries to perform a function that it cannot.”
Take a moment and read this now: