A Podcast about Then and Now featuring educator Shannon Swilley & minister Rev. Robert Bushey, Jr. Whenever we discover what history has to offer it grounds us. We appreciate the opportunity to be connected to all that has come before us and all that will follow. We want this podcast to serve as a model for connecting the dots backwards as a means to bringing light and understanding to our current conversations about race and racial identity in America.
A History of Trauma on Black Bodies and White Body Supremacy
In this episode we will be exploring the historical patterns of trauma on black bodies and white body supremacy in America. Black bodies have been labeled and treated differently from white bodies by everything from medicine to education, entertainment, civil and criminal law, and law enforcement throughout America’s history. This episode was Inspired in part by two books, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem.
Our Stories of Racial Healing
In this episode we hope to model a racial healing conversation as we explore our own stories of racial identity and reconciliation.
Building Blocks for Structural Racism
In this conversation Shannon Swilley & Robert Bushey survey the landscape of segregation in the 20th century and discover how those patterns of division, specifically in housing and education, inform our conversations on racial equity today.
A History of Racial Segregation
In this conversation we will examine how the progress and demise of reconstruction erected the foundation for segregation and racial hatred which continues to play out in our own backyards today. We discuss the historical roots of the Civil Rights Movement, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Black Lives Matter Movement.
A History of Racial Trauma
In this conversation we explore the enduring impacts of racism and racial trauma upon our communities. We discuss the traumatic experiences of African-Americans from the Middle Passage to this current moment in history. We ask the question how does this history of trauma impact our conversations on race today.
A History of Racial Identity
Whenever we talk about racial identity, Whiteness or even Blackness, we believe the conversation must be rooted in history.
In this conversation we will discover that racial identities were created to provide freedom to dehumanize those who did not look like Anglo Europeans.
Our story is not a singular story of oppression, meaning it didn’t start with oppression. Who were we before the Transatlantic slave trade created African-Americans or Black people?