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learning

Amplification

This month, instead of writing about how white people can amplify the voices of people of color, I’m going to go ahead and do just that by sending you to South Seattle Emerald to read Melia LaCour’s piece, “A Call to White People: It’s Time to Live in the Answer“. © 2020 Judy Blair LLC

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accountability learning

How to Continue

A few people have asked me how we can keep people focused on antiracism and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work when they’re worried about their lives and livelihoods. This work can often feel like an add-on at the best of times, so what do we do now? My answer to this question is to […]

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learning

White Supremacy Culture in a Pandemic

Over the past two weeks I have been posting daily on Facebook and LinkedIn some ways in which white supremacy culture, as described by Tema Okun, Kenneth Jones, et al., might be showing up in the midst of this pandemic. The following is all of those posts in one place. Note: the values and norms […]

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coaching learning

Leading for Inclusion

I offer coaching for white leadership as part of my services because I believe that real change can only happen when executive staff is on the same path to inclusion and equity as the rest of the staff. Some of the things I coach leadership in are soft skills, things that I’ve written about in […]

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learning

Relationships & Perfectionism

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about when I choose to reach out to my community and when I don’t. Like most white people, I hold the value of self-sufficiency pretty strongly, and I’m an introvert at heart who wants nothing more than to be sitting on her couch at home knitting. But I’m curious about […]

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accountability learning privilege

Giving without Strings

A current experiment involving universal basic income in California and a recent large study using cash transfers in Kenya show that giving people money without conditions on how they spend it often contributes to a better quality of life for those people. It turns out that trusting people to do what’s best for themselves in their specific situation results […]

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accountability learning

Distancing & Derailment

I was speaking with an acquaintance recently, and he shared with me that he has discovered the beauty of small talk. He had been talking about how much he hates small talk when someone had pointed out to him that small talk fosters social cohesion; it is a way for us to find commonality and […]

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caucusing learning

Segregated Spaces

People are often suspicious of racially-segregated space, with good reason. White folks don’t have a good history with regards to segregation, and many people believe no good can come from white people meeting together to discuss racism. An often-posed question about race-based caucusing is, “Doesn’t segregating by race make things worse?” The short answer: It […]

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learning

Whiteness Pro Whiteness

This piece is inspired by Lauren Michele Jackson’s September 4, 2019, article on Slate, What’s Missing From “White Fragility”, specifically this quotation: Writing on “whiteness qua whiteness,” to borrow from Richard Dyer’s influential 1997 book White, can so often veer toward whiteness pro whiteness—whiteness in the interest of whiteness, whiteness for whiteness’ sake, whiteness to […]

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learning privilege

Summit Session Video Clips

Last month I had the honor of participating in a webinar for the Adventure Nannies Summit Sessions series, a set of monthly webinars tailored for their audience of childcare providers. We talked about white cultural values, as presented by Tema Okun et al., and how those intersect with domestic work. At the end I took a few […]