My guest today is Julia Adamy Pederson. Although Julia is an outstanding professional bass player, today’s conversation is not about what a marvelous bass player she is, or her vibrant music career. Julia, my wholehearted, yet humble daughter, is uncomfortable talking about herself. True to the instrument she plays, her personality matches the function of the bass player: to be a supportive role, or as she describes it “I’d rather be felt, than heard”. She agreed to be my guest, stretching herself beyond her comfort zone, only because she feels compelled to speak about what she is learning and experiencing in our country’s current racial equality movement. In fact, she said it feels worse not to says something.
Julia acknowledges that the pandemic has provided the opportunity for her to pay attention more closely and feel more deeply, while affording her the chance to directly take action. She shares impactful books and movies that have opened her eyes and expanded her mind. Julia and her husband (Ross Pederson, Episode 26) are learning to take solidarity to the next level. Julia describes the power of protest, the call to action and her hope for lasting change. As her proud mother, I know Julia is teaching me so much about white privilege and racism; I trust that many of us can relate to and be inspired by Julia’s insights, vulnerability and desire to learn. Check out the show notes for links to Julia’s website, Instagram account, as well as links to the resources she mentions. Enjoy the podcast!
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
When They See Us (Netflix)
Director Ava DuVernay