My Racist Friend
Episode 1.8: Something in Your Teeth

Episode 1.8: Something in Your Teeth

September 27, 2019

Don and Amy are joined by Drs. LaShawn Williams and Dolores Finger Wright in a live podcast recorded at Griffin Realty at the end of the second annual Relational Summit in Bloomington, Indiana. They discuss some of the key relational-cultural concepts that surfaced over the previous weekend, including the Five Good Things, One True Thing, and food metaphors to describe conversations about race.

Dr. Finger Wright is a veteran of the civil rights movement. In 2011 Dr. Finger Wright received the International Civil Rights Center & Museum Sit-In Hero’s Award for involvement in the 1960s in the history civil rights sit-in demonstrations that took in Greensboro, North Carolina. After her graduation from Bennett College, Dr. Finger Wright went on to earn a Master of Social Work Degree from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Howard University. She was a professor of social work for thirty years, during which time she developed a course on Relational Cultural practices for her students.

Dr. LaShawn Williams is a licensed clinical social worker and Assistant Professor at Utah Valley University, where she teaches in the Behavioral Science Department and Directs the Baccalaureate Social Work Program. Dr. Williams focuses her research on the use of relationships for cross-cultural curricular delivery in the classroom. She also helps future social workers to build culturally competent practices.

For more on the something-in-your-teeth metaphor for racism, watch Jay Smooth's TEDx talk.

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Episode 1.7: Hurting for Hope

Episode 1.7: Hurting for Hope

September 12, 2019

Amy shares some exciting news with Don that the upcoming Relational Summit will include Drs. Judith Jordan, Amy Banks, Connie Gunderson, and Harriet Schwartz. The conversation this week also includes what it takes to be authentic and be safe, and how the central relational paradox keeps us from revealing our full selves.

Join Amy, Don, and the Bloomington Center for Connection on September 19-22 for the second annual Relational Summit—"Learning Together"—hosted here in Bloomington, Indiana. For more details, follow the Bloomington Center for Connection on Facebook and other social media platforms.

Buy tickets for the Relational Summit on EventBrite for September 19-22, 2019. Day passes are now available.

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Episode 1.6: Salt Water Tank

Episode 1.6: Salt Water Tank

September 7, 2019

This week, Amy and Don talk about the importance of defining racism as a systemic problem, and how people of color may perceive a racist situation differently than more privileged allies. They also discuss the ongoing trauma arising from the death of Indiana University graduate student Won-Joon Yoon 20 years ago at the hands of a white supremacist.

For more information on the murder of Won-Joon Yoon in 1999, read "‘No Hate Speech. No Hate Crimes. Not in Our Town. Not Anywhere.’" by Abby Malala of the Indiana Daily Student.

Join Amy, Don, and the Bloomington Center for Connection on September 19-22 for the second annual Relational Summit—"Learning Together"—hosted here in Bloomington, Indiana. For more details, follow the Bloomington Center for Connection on Facebook and other social media platforms.

Buy tickets for the Relational Summit on EventBrite for September 19-22, 2019.

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Episode 1.5: Stay

Episode 1.5: Stay

September 1, 2019

Don and Amy are joined this week by Rev. Mary Ann Macklin, senior minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana. They discuss being faced with a decision to stay in the fight or walk away, and explore different ways to engage injustice.

Join Amy, Don, and the Bloomington Center for Connection on September 19-22 for the second annual Relational Summit—"Learning Together"—hosted here in Bloomington, Indiana. For more details, follow the Bloomington Center for Connection on Facebook and other social media platforms.

Buy tickets for the Relational Summit on EventBrite for September 19-22, 2019.

Buy "Your Racist Friend" by They Might Be Giants on iTunes

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