The noted author and advocate for racial justice, James Baldwin, said that "We are trapped in our history, and our history is trapped in us."
Many of us carry around narratives that are based on our collective racial consciousness and our individual experiences. We make meaning of who we are and who we believe others to be based on these experiences. It is often difficult to shift these narratives, particularly when our experiences are steeped in pain, fear, distrust, and more.
Join Rev. Dr. TLC and her guest Kim Fuller on the next episode of Dismantle Racism. They will explore the ways in which we remain stuck in our racial narratives and how these narratives, often, do not serve our best interest. Kim's passion and experience as a photographer, story-teller, and adoptive mother fuel her desire to bridge the racial divide by transforming our personal narratives which leads to self-awareness, personal healing, and reaching across racial lines.
Show NotesSegment 1
The show opens with Rev. Dr. Terrlyn introducing the show and today's guest. Kim Fuller, photography, story teller, and adoptive mother. All of those attributes fuel her desire to bridge the racial divide by transforming our personal narratives which leads to self-awareness, personal healing, and reaching across racial lines. Kim goes into a detailed backstory of how she got into the work she does. After a quick meditative prayer the show begins with a discussion about what might shape the narratives we hold against people. Rev. Dr. Terrlyn says once we become more racially aware we can begin to reshape these narratives and look with a different perspective.Segment 2
The seconds segment starts with the show coming back up from break. Rev. Dr. Terrlyn then switches the conversation to how being a practicing budhist has informed Kim's work to dismantle racism. Kim says that a new gained perspective on herself allowed her to gain perspective on others. This led to the belief that we are all connected on a humanistic level. Kim and Rev. Dr. Terrlyn discusses the idea of being “color blind”. They say that this isn't exactly true. It's a good thing to see color, this allows us to be mindful of the beautiful differences between us as people. These differences inform us on how to treat others with respect and trust.Segment 3
The third segment opens with Rev. Dr. Terrlyn picked the conversation up where she left off right before break. They discuss the trust between them as friends and how that's allowed them to have the uncomfortable conversations we should all probably be having. Kim then discusses what she learned and became aware of when raising an adopted black son.Segment 4
The final segment opens with a discussion about transforming racial narratives. Rev. Dr. Terrlyn and Kim talk about their program they run together in an effort to dismantle racism. They then go into some guilt that some might carry around regarding narratives they may have had in the past and how they are working on moving past these biases.
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