Ep. 12 - We Hold These Truths… An Honest Conversation on Racism

Updated: Jul 27

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How do we break through and out of our cycle of racism?

Our Declaration of Independence doesn’t bury the lead. It starts with the core element of what this country is supposed to be about: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Unfortunately, that statement has become only a lofty aspiration and not a reality. Since the Constitution was ratified, we’ve made some progress in terms of achieving equality. But nowhere near enough. As a country we’ve talked a good game. Then you turn on the news and you see what happens. You look at our more recent history and its full of stories of segregation, voter suppression, prejudice and discrimination – and not just of people of color.

And it’s always been there.

So… how do we break through and break out of this cycle? I’m talking with James Parker, and we’re talking about his story, where we are today, and what we both experienced throughout our lives. Our hope is that you’ll listen to our conversation and that it can make you think, and maybe be the catalyst for how you can reach out to others to start your own conversations.

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