Episode 24. We are all born into this society, however, we aren't born into a society that is equal for all. According to Dr. Tema Okun, we are born into a white supremacy culture. In this episode, Linda shares the work and words of Dr. Tema Okun from her website whitesupremacyculture.info.
What is the history of white supremacy culture? What is its impact on ALL people? What is intersectionality? These questions are answered along with Dr. Okun's thoughts about "source" or "divine" or whatever you choose to call your higher power.
Dr. Okun has spent over 30 years working with and for organizations, schools, and community-based institutions as a trainer, facilitator, teacher, and mentor focused on issues of racial justice and equity. For 12 years she worked with the late and beloved Kenneth Jones at ChangeWork and then for another decade with Michelle Johnson and many brilliant colleagues at DismantlingRacismWorks. Dr. Okun currently co-leads the Teaching for Equity Fellows Program at Duke University, which works with faculty seeking to develop stronger skills both teaching about race and racism and across lines of race, class, and gender. She is the author of the award-winning The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race and Racism to People Who Don’t Want to Know (2010, IAP) and the widely used article White Supremacy Culture.