Uniting to Understand Racism 6 weeks dialogue provides opportunities to delve deep into issues of race, equity, and privilege.
Dialogue is one of the most important forms of human communication a society needs in order to preserve relationships and cultivate deeper connections. If we are to develop new relationships, not just maintain the old, we need to create spaces for human connection on a deeper and more humanistic level. These connections will be made by our willingness to listen to one another, acquire knowledge, show all forms of loving-kindness and be more empathetic to those human experiences that may not be our own.
Keela Johnson will serve as the new Coordinator of Uniting to Understand Racism (UUR).While there are still many challenges ahead, Keela has been instrumental in the revival of UUR and the coordinated efforts to collaborate with their dedicated volunteers. Keela explains:
It is the excitement and enthusiasm of building those relationships that made me want to hold this critical position. RNW does not just say they ‘facilitate honest dialogue to resolve conflict and advance racial and social justice’; they actually live it. It is time for us all to advance racial and social justice and to learn from one another and dialogue about the things some have the privilege to ignore in our society. As Malcolm X stated, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” I think it’s time for all of us to become an educator and learner so we can create an equitable society. Anyone want to join me on this amazing journey?