I’m listening to descendants, authors, activists, educators, and journalists talk about the Tulsa Race Massacre and how we can work toward the intentional journey of reconciliation. “The truth of the matter is for 50 years the story of the Tulsa Race Massacre was actively suppressed.” — Dr. Scott Ellsworth, chair of the Physical Investigation Committee for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial, who discovered a mass grave at Oaklawn cemetery in October.
Presenters include Pulitzer Prize journalist Isabel Wilkerson, author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent…Professor, philosopher, author, activist Dr. Cornel West…Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, author of The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation.
The irreplaceable need for white people engaging with the role of whiteness in their family histories arises in most sessions.
Virtual sessions are recorded, so you can still register and watch recordings later. Details at link below.
John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation promotes dialogue among those who work to bridge societal divides.
President Joe Biden visits Tulsa on June 1 to honor this centennial.
Through the end of this Sunday, May 30th, you can listen to these two contributors to the Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor: Essays on Life and Lineage by white Women anthology read excerpts from their essays on Writers Radio. Episode length: 27 minutes.
Roots Borders and Belonging. Karin Konstantynowicz's family emmigrated to Canada from Eastern Europe following World War Two. Their roots are in contested territory which has changed its name and its overlords many times. Starting with the idea of an invasive species, Karin reflects on the nature of identity and belonging.
Warning: Whiteness May Be Hazardous to Your Health. June BlueSpruce comes from a long line of doctors in the US. She probes the racist roots of the AMA and prevalent racism within the medical system in America, making visible the larger historical and human context for authorization of white male physicians in western medicine.
Barn raising is a group task. So is unpacking whiteness. Thanks for being on the ride together.