Jun 8, 2020
In this episode, Gordon dives deep and speaks out about racism, white privilege, and fear and how we can do a better job about speaking truth, reaching out, and genuinely helping one another through this time. Gordon explains how we can speak loudest at the ballot box. Plus, he talks about how we can use free speech responsibly and the importance of emotional intelligence. It’s time that Gordon no longer keeps silent about racism, bigotry, and white privilege. Let’s end racism together.
We need to speak truth to what is going on around us – this has been happening for centuries. Our country needs to do what we need to do to change things. Gordon is still learning about how his prejudices have affected himself and others.
As white people, we do not know what it’s like to go into a place and be automatically self-conscious. Gordon hasn’t done enough to reach out to people in this situation and help them feel comfortable. We need to let people know that we are safe people. Have the power to speak out against other people’s injustices, prejudices, and racism. It’s time for us to speak out.
We can speak out loudest at the ballot box. The rhetoric and talk that we have heard from our political leaders over the last four years need to stop. This speech is doing nothing but creating more division within our country. The rhetoric has got to end. We need to use free speech responsibly – words do count.
We have an opportunity to use our knowledge with psychology and emotions to teach people emotional intelligence. Racism is rooted in fear – it’s fear of someone that looks and speaks differently than us. There is no “they” or “them.” It’s all of US. We need to get away from separating ourselves based on economic status, what we look like, and how we speak.
We need to go above and beyond and reach out to our clients of color. We need to let them know that we are aware of what’s going on and how it may be affecting them. Gordon is feeling a lot of grief and guilt around this as a white person. It is time to be very aware and be there for others. Be present with people and stand with them. Reach out to each other and understand how racism is affecting those around us.
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