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Charlotte Talks: Beyond Getting 'Woke,' White People’s Role In Dismantling Racism

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Many white people are waking up, rejecting the notion of colorblindness and examining white privilege. It’s uncomfortable, and we talk about it.

We’ve been here before: police brutality, followed by protests, a reckoning with our country’s history of racial injustice and renewed calls for change. 

But this time, something seems different. 

White people are beginning to examine their role in the perpetuation of an unfair system. 

They are rejecting the notion of colorblindness, examining white privilege and actively working toward anti-racist attitudes. 

It isn’t easy. It’s uncomfortable. 


Deena Hayes-Greene, co-founder and managing director of the Racial Equity Institute, nationally recognized racial equity trainer

Suzanne Plihcik, co-founder, associate director and senior trainer of the Racial Equity Institute

Racial Equity Institute is based in Greensboro. Its members travel the country conducting workshops on dismantling racism. You can find more information here.

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.