Exploring the intersections of race, culture and philanthropy, author of No Win Race Derek A Bardowell speaks to the people who are tackling some of the most challenging social issues of our times. In each episode you will hear the views, approaches and tactics of those who are reforming our public services, speaking truth to power and opening the doors for the marginalised to move to the centre.
Ben Lindsay on youth violence and the importance of community
We discuss serious youth violence, the impact of austerity on communities, drill music, Queensbridge hip-hop, Power the Fight, community voice impacting on policy and funding, supporting frontline practitioners and why We Need To Talk About Race.
Amahra Spence on the intersection of art, social change and place
We discuss how everyday people power significant social movements, Art Hotel, race & space, No Permission Fund, Beats, Rhymes & Cities, and why we should invest in hope.
Rose Longhurst on participatory grant-making and the future of philanthropy
We discuss philanthropic culture, participatory grant-making, Edge Fund, Charity vs Social Justice, and visions of what a more effective philanthropic sector would look like.
Immy Kaur on building a fair and just society
Derek and Immy talk about the need for radical investment in our social and civic infrastructure, Black Panther Party, Birmingham Impact Hub, Civic Square and why funders invest in black and brown pain and not in our liberation or visions for the future.
Jacqui Dyer and Natalie Creary on race, mental health and Black Thrive
Derek, Jacqui and Natalie discuss holistic approaches to addressing the root causes of mental ill health, designing an anti-racist health system, black wellbeing, community leadership, white supremacy, and culturally appropriate advocacy
Faiza Shaheen and Omar Khan on race and class in Britain
Derek, Faiza and Omar discuss race, class and institutional prejudice, immigration, Empire, the role of civil society, hostile environment and hope.
It’s too bad that you have decided to focus on keeping black Americans, etc in a victim role. While I thought some of the episodes had potential to be something great, it was most often overshadowed by “evil white people, unjust society, blacks don’t ever get the same opportunities, raise up and demand equality, systematic racism, blacks are/have always been/will always be victims”. I feel that these claims hurt the conversation rather than help it. No one in power (in any position in life regardless of race) wants to hear all the excuses/reasons why you are where you are and how you’re a perpetual victim of your circumstances. The majority of white America is currently living with the same general circumstances; lack of fathers in the home, low paying wages, drugs, mental health issues, poor living environments, unfair rent prices, etc etc. Anyone can describe they selves as a victim and talk about all the bad things that happened or caused them to not succeed. But in reality, no one cares. What people WANT to hear, is you taking responsibility for YOUR LIFE and YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES. You may have to put in more effort than Sally who lives in the suburb, for that job you want, but so what?! Get up earlier, get to work and out work her and SHOW them YOU are the one who deserves the raise or the promotion or whatever the incentive is. Go to school and continue your education instead of dropping out of high school or only taking a tear of JC. You can go to college for less than you’d think. You don’t have attend UCLA all 4 years. Go to the local JC and get your AA. Apply for ALL the aid you can get for school, scholarships, grants, etc etc. THEN transfer to a local Uni and go to school. If you’re in a low income situation or you’re still young and your parent(s) are in a low income situation, school will most likely be paid for in full or almost in full. Get your degree. Work a part time job while going to school. Don’t throw the little money you, away by needing lashes or nails, or hair, or weed, or drink, or the new Jordan’s etc. Scrimp and save until you make it where you want to be!!
You can’t call yourself a victim when you’re choosing to stay one.