In 2014, Michael Brown, Jr. was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri by a police officer, Darren Wilson. Outrage over his murder rocked residents and outsiders alike. The city was flooded with protestors, and the world watched as violence erupted. A call for justice rang loud and clear. People across the nation poured in to support residents and serve as advocates for social justice. It was a moment when murder moved many to action. What has changed in Ferguson? What has changed in this country? What drives us to action? How do we become allies in the movement to dismantle racism?
Join Dismantle Racism with the Rev. Dr. TLC as she invites her guest, Rev. Julie Taylor to share her experience as an activist after Michael Brown, Jr. was murdered. Rev. Taylor specializes in critical incident response, community crisis and pastoral care. She will provide insights on allyship and ways to move beyond fear. Listen in for an insightful conversation.
Today's show opens with Rev Dr. Terrlyn reintroducing the show and today's guest. On today's show we invite Rev Julie Taylor to share her experience as an activist after Michael Brown, Jr. was murdered. Rev Julie Taylor specializes in critical incident response, community crisis and pastoral care. On today's show she will provide insight on allyship and ways to move beyond fear. After a short prayer from Rev Dr Terrlyn, she gives a short recap of Rev Julie Taylor’s background. This opens the conversation to how Rev julie Taylor’s religious theology affects her efforts in dismantling racism.
The second segment opens with the show coming back from break. Rev Dr Terrlyn opens the conversation by saying that there is a rush to get into social change. She says that while this mentality is on the right track, we must enact change in us first. Rev Julie Taylor discusses personal experiences in understanding your own “whiteness” and educating herself on dismantling racism. She mentions this is a crucial step before one can get into social change as a true activist. Rev Julie Taylor says that a strong spiritual change or connection is at the root of all her work and work moving forward.
The third segment opens with a conversation about how white people can be complicit. Rev Julie Taylor says that not understanding that just by being white, things may come to or happen differently in your life. She says that you must take the effort to understand that your white privilege is prevalent in every situation and white people must take the effort in knowing what they can control and what they can't. The things that white people can control, especially white people with power and influence, should start discussing their privilege openly. The conversation goes into Rev Julie Taylor’s experience being in st. Louis during the murder of Michael Brown, Jr. Rev Julie Taylor says that in her observation she was able to see the deep hurt while she was in the city of st. Louis up close.
The final segment starts with Rev Terrlyn asking Rev Julie Taylor if she predicts any change in the social climate regarding dismantling racism. Rev Julie Taylor says that we should have hope. Rev Julie Taylor says that she sees change and progress everyday, but we need to understand that there is much more work to be done. We need to ensure that this change keeps moving forward with what we are telling our younger generations. This includes media, entertainment, what's on the news, and every factset of their daily lives. The show ended with a message of hope and faith that both Reverends give to the audience. If we are going to stand up, we must know that we are not alone.
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