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July 20, 2020 78 min
SEASON 2 Episode #1 Speaking of Race Guests: Sherry McAdoo Champion & Shelly McAdoo On this episode I sit down with my friends Sherry McAdoo Champion and Shelly McAdoo, twin sisters, to talk about race. Sherry is the Manager of Community Advocacy and Coalitions for Chicago CRED and Shelly is the Consultant of Executive Projects and President of the Diversity Council at Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. It’s a conversation between girlfriends - we are not experts. The hope is to shed light on how white people can be more effective in our work to combat racism and to find out how my friends (and mothers) are feeling about today and the future. Listening Notes: 2:21 Welcome Sherry Champion & Shelly McAdoo 4:24 Unpacking white privilege 4:45 Where can we go from here? What is our call to action? How can white people be more effective allies? 5:15 How is your heart feeling? 7:36 The Talk 10:00 Sherry on having a white grandmother 13:43 Doing the work internally 15:30 Allyship 18:10 White Supremacy 19:10 How is your community at work doing? 19:29 George Floyd’s death 22:50 Chicago CRED 26:15 Young people stepping up 27:00 Do the work 28:22 Always have a mirror 29:40 Allyship is earned 31:46 Shelly: “This is the first time in my life where black people 400 years later, are trending.” 34:35 Sherry: “It hit me like bricks.” 35:33 Sherry: “In order for us to be heard, we’re going to have to fight a different fight.” 35:56 White Women Against Racism 39:55 People of color are not white people’s therapists 40:15 Shelly: “No one, specifically white people, should have the audacity to tell me how to feel.” 41:00 Systemic racism 42:25 Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th 42:45 Jane Elliot 43:20 Shelly: “If you know that this is wrong and you wouldn’t want it for yourself, why are you content to have it for someone else?” 45:32 Shelly: “All I did was be born in this skin.” 46:00 Peggy McIntosh – White Privilege 49:30 Sherry: “Systemic racism is real.” 49:48 Sherry: “Please stop having conversations about how our people need to just pull ourselves up from our bootstraps.” 51:32 St. Paul AME Church in Glencoe – Reverend Dwayne Gary 55:44 Sherry: “This is not a moment, it’s a movement.” 56:24 Sherry: “If you are going to protest in Glencoe then make sure you are inviting the black person into your neighborhood to be your neighbor.” 56:50 HEROS 57:13 Sherry: “Segregated schools, segregated neighborhoods, segregated anything produces racism.” 1:02:29 Shelly: “We are not predisposed to violence.” 1:06:30 Sherry recalls Tupac’s words 1:09:19 “We are careening for a race war.” 1:11:36 VOTE 1:11:51 Follow young people @BKWC – black kids who care 1:14:26 Understanding Jim Crow by David Pilgrim 1:15:10 White Supremacy: A Comparative Study of American & South African History by George M. Frederickson Connect with Sherry Champion Connect with Shelly McAdoo Resources: Understanding Jim Crow by David Pilgrim White Supremacy: A Comparative Study of American & South African History by George M. Frederickson HEROS Chicago CRED Lama Rod Owens Vernā Myers Rachel Cargle Peggy McIntosh Jane Elliot Ava DuVernay’s 13th St. Paul’s AME Church Sermon Jade Zuberi Black Kids Who Care
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