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June 18, 2020

Calling Ourselves In to Antiracism Work

A Conversation with Deep Living Coaches Irma Velasquez and Brian Mitchell-Walker
The Deep Living Institute team believes that for those of us in a position of privilege, we must listen, educate ourselves, and take action to right the wrongs in our history and in our current society. This is essential to our collective and individual healing. 

One of the first steps we are taking is to start a conversation about race. Please watch or listen to this conversation with DLI team members Irma Velasquez and Brian Mitchell-Walker geared towards white people who are interested in anti-racism work. We cover topics such as:Who gets to be “white?” How does one become an ally?How do we embody the change that we want to see, even if we don’t know what that change is?

During the interview, Brian notes,

“I feel a bit odd about being interviewed because I’m a white person and I always [teach racial justice classes] with co-facilitators who identify as racialized, or indigenous, or biracial. And I believe my work is really to amplify their voices – to help them be heard. And to amplify the voices of people who deal with [racism] everyday.

If you are ready to step into discomfort and engage with others in a conversation, here are some books and resources that may help you in the path of discovering how others are talking about race.
And, if you have other recommendations, please let us know and we will feature them on our social media feeds and in future newsletters.

The Inconvenient Indian, Thomas King

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

My Grandmother’s Hands, Resmaa Menakem

So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo

Please consider purchasing these books from a Black-owned bookstore in your area.

On Being” podcast with Krista Tippet, Robin Diangelo and Raasma Manakem.

We are listening. We are learning. We are committed to doing better.

-DLI Team

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