Audacious Wendy has thoughts on a silent word implied in the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and wonders how the language chosen in movements shifts political discourse. We talk about police typecasting and violence, the power structures that keep things the same, and approaching hard conversations on race with friends. Audacious Robin talks about growing up in a biracial family and her recent experience with driving while black. We are hopeful about future generations’ ability to grow beyond racism, while knowing we need to keep speaking up, and we need real change right now.
Anger can be a useful emotion – but when does it serve to undermine social progress and human connection? In this episode, we discuss how anger can hijack otherwise positive actions in the LGBT, racial justice, and other political movements. We consider ways white activists and concerned citizens can take part in #blacklivesmatter. We recognize the challenges in, yet importance of educating the ill-informed about the Pagan community. Can we avoid hurting each other, and our causes, when we are struggling on the same side of an issue? Can substantive social change occur without anger and violence boiling over?
“Love Not H8” photo by Robin Renée, November 15, 2008, Philadelphia.