Racism is a systemic part of American society. From the first chattel laws to present-day police brutality, racism is at the very core of who America is. Systemic’s goal is to explore aspects of race and racism in America. The aim is to educate and explain the intertwining of race as a systemic part of American culture. We hope each episode enlightens and drives you to help work towards an anti-racist future.
Reframing Black History
Black history month is usually spent retelling the same stories and highlighting the same figures. And while it is important that we don't forget the struggles and sacrifices of the significant Black American heroes, have you ever wondered about the Black community and figures in your own backyard? Who were the local business owners and leaders, and what places hold significant value in your town's Black History?
In this episode, our host Dan Kimbrough and guest Glynis M. Johns, discuss what happens when someone seeks to answer those exact questions.
Glynis is the CEO and Founder of the Black Scranton project. Through her work and research, she's shedding light on the untold and often intentionally hidden story of Black Scranton and proudly saying, "We been here!"
You can follow Glynis's and the Black Scranton Projects work at https://www.blackscranton.org/.
Race and Religion
In this episod,e our host, Dan Kimbrough, talks with Rev. Joshua Brockway, who is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren where he serves as the Director for Spiritual Formation and Co-Coordinator for Discipleship Ministries. Rev. Brockway is also an adjunct history professor at Northern Seminary and was recently appointed to the City of Elgin Task Force on Policing.
We'll discuss the role Christianity has played in perpetuating and upholding systemic racism in America, ranging from Columbus setting sail through modern times. We'll then look at some work being done to address race and systemic racism in and around churches and how they can become a bigger part of the bigger discussion.
What is Kwanzaa?
In this episode, our host Dan Kimbrough will explain the history, importance, and practices of Kwanzaa. While many still hold the idea that Kwanzaa is a replacement or alternative to other winter holidays, it is neither. It's a season of reflection and rededication to one's self, family, community, and people.
Act to Engage
In this episode of systemic, we talk with award-winning journalist Ernest Owens about his journey as a black queer man, his work to help reform queer communities in Philadelphia, the work we should all be doing to help empower marginalized groups in the fight against white supremacist ideology.
Ernest Owens can be found on ernestowens.com
Model Minority Myth
In 1966 the New York Times wrote an article that first referred to Chinese-Americans as the Model Minority. It explained that during a time when billions were being proposed to uplift the Negro, Chinese-American immigrants were building successful lives all by themselves. With no help.
This was the beginning of labeling Asian Americans as the Model Minority. In the episode, we talk with Madalyn Metzger about the Model Minority Myth and its effects.
Madalyn serves as the VP of Marketing for Everence Financial. Madalyn also speaks about topics such as anti-racism and DEI. She also previously served as the Board Chair for On Earth Peace and is currently on the Board of Trustees for Manchester University.
Critical Race Theory
Critical Race Theory teaches the truth about American history. The actual truth - good, bad, or otherwise. Learning this truth can be painful, uncomfortable, and bring about shame. Much to the dismay of many, those are good things. By working through our actual history, exploring racism and discrimination, and placing the proper context of how history impacts the country today, we can finally begin to heal the wounds of racism.
A perfect telling of Race and the truths of this country’s history. The 1 star reviews are clearly written by flat earth, white fragility idiots.
Excellent explanation of critical race theory.
Excellent explanation of critical race theory. Easy to understand, unifying and empathetic message. Can’t wait to hear more of Systemic! Thank you for this!
A well-produced and educational must listen.
In this day and age, it is not enough to be merely “not racist” but to be someone who is anti-racist, to be someone who is willing to take a stand against racism and racists. One must be willing to identify, and point out, those things that are built into the system that keep us separate and against each other. Until we actively work to route out inequities, we are complicit in allowing them to exist. This, in part, is what Dan is doing with this podcast. To shine a light on the ugliness present in our country is not to be confused with glorifying or magnifying it but to show it for what it is: a cancer that is eating away at our society by preying on the most vulnerable members and making it more difficult for us to hold each other up so that we all may rise. This well-produced, high quality show is a great reminder of the work to be done and the evils of our past that have still had no reparations made for them, along with the growing concerns and darkness we face at present. For those who wish to hear the stories told by those affected, and to learn how they can help carry the torch of truth and liberty, this show is a must listen.