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          Racial Justice

          Members' Stories & Insights



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Below are the personal stories and insights from chapter members who attended and are attending the Zoom Salons on "Systemic Racism and White Privilege". If you would like to add to this thread whether you attended the Salons or not, please email your input and include Racial Injustice in the subject line. Comments will be added to this list in the order they are received. If you would prefer  to remain anonymous, kindly indicate that and your request will be honored. Thank you.

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I am forwarding this 20 minute sermon done by Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdal at Central Synagogue yesterday, on Yom Kippur.  In it she speaks of race & connects it to Judaism.  It addresses what I had said in our first meeting when I reported that I, as a Jew, felt a strong affinity toward African Americans.  This sermon helps explain that apparently, I'm not the only one. Of course, 20 minutes is long, but perhaps you can take out pertinent statements from it.  https://youtu.be/FNhG8aW6gbI  Mona Kreaden


I've been educating myself about systemic racism, white privilege, white fragility and so on, and I have been shocked to find how poorly informed I was.  But for me, the primary benefit of the TTN NYC Racism Salon wasn't learning more facts or concepts--it was the focus on using your heart instead of your mind. I found our discussion of "How would you feel if you were Black and your friends didn't believe that systemic racism exists?" to be very powerful and eye-opening. I had done a lot of THINKING about laws and history, but I had never considered what I would FEEL like if I was treated this way and my white friends wouldn't even acknowledge my reality.  Sara Werder


While rereading the curriculum preparing to facilitate the first Anti Racist Zoom Salon I found myself overtaken by the saddest of emotions.  I had either taught or was familiar with the material before but this time it sank into my deepest core.  It’s what Bryan Stevenson calls the  “mind-heart connection.  It’s one thing to “know” but another thing to let it truly enter your heart.  As Bryan Stevenson states without this mind-heart connection meaningful action cannot be taken.  I was struck how profound my mind/heart connection took me in my preparation.   Karen Merson


It was an eye-opener to me how such Federal programs like the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 were biased against black American soldiers and their families after WWII. This veteran's benefit is how my parents were able to afford the house I grew up in. Because black families were not able to take advantage of low-cost mortgages, college tuition, jobs programs and more, they were not able to attain any wealth, which kept them at a disadvantage. This GI Bill is one of the biggest reasons that the huge wealth gap continues to exist today between black and white Americans.  MaryLou Floyd