It’s Time for some Honest Conversations on Race – I have a way to help

It’s Time!
We’ve let too many moments slip by.
This moment must be captured.
It’s time to have honest conversations
about race in your organization.
Here is a way to get that started.

I write this on Juneteenth, 2020.

We have put off change, a reckoning, for too long.  Things have gone unaddressed.  We have ignored the reality of racism throughout our culture.  People talk of “systemic racism.”  Yes, systemic; a good word.  Deep, abiding, multi-generational racism.

As we have read the news these least few weeks, we see that one way many, many people are responding is by following the impulse to become better informed.  To “educate themselves.”   People are reading books  — not just one, but quite a few books that seem to be written for this moment.

Don’t you think it would be helpful for your organization to have some honest conversations about race?  And don’t you think that these conversations would be more productive if they were informed by the best books that people are reading?

I can help.

I have been presenting comprehensive synopses of books on poverty, social justice, and racism for over fifteen years.  I have presented these for CitySquare, each month, at the Urban Engagement Book Club.  And I have also presented a few of these synopses for the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance.

At our First Friday Book Synopsis, we have always presented two business books each month.  For the next few months, it will be one business book, and one book dealing with issues of racism.  I will begin with Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi at our July 3 gathering (on Zoom).

Please take a look at this flier.  Think about your needs.  I think what I offer can help you jump start some of those needed conversations for your leadership team, and others in your organization.

Let me know if I can help.

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2 thoughts on “It’s Time for some Honest Conversations on Race – I have a way to help

  1. Gerald Turner

    Randy, I’ve reflected deeply on what I shared previously about my own thoughts, perspectives and experiences and I can’t help but reflect upon Karl’s assessment of the problem and solution, if any, regarding race. People are definitely creatures of habit and very “hardened” or fixed on their preconceived notions and beliefs regardless of evidence to the contrary. We’re experiencing exactly what Karl alluded to when we look at the COVID-19 pandemic in which at least 305 or more people have opted to remain in “denial, indifference, and defiance cycle” by totally and aggressively demonstrating their adherence to this cycle,…and will fight to defend their position regardless of who’s at risk, including themselves. There is so very much “tension” in the world and no less than what we Americans continue to embrace despite the consequences. As much as I am a believe in the power of belief, forgiveness, prayer and fellowship among one another, I keep seeing the cycle repeat itself following major events – like Pearl Harbor, 9/11, etc. where “business” seemingly returned to “as usual” status within 3-4 months of the disaster. One would have thought that our chants, songs and expressions of unity – brotherhood and sisterhood – would have carried us to the next level in this transformational saga. But, it didn’t! What concerns me the most is the magnitude and power of such a world-changing “Black Swan” event that will finally command our attention! It will have to be one very, very powerful event to say the least. My widely published and popular paper that I co-authored, “Can a Culture Be Lethal,” speaks to the dynamics of transformational change within institutions and why two NASA space shuttle missions – Challenger (’86) and Columbia (’03) disintegrated before our very eyes … due primarily to institutional and systemic flaws within NASA’s internal culture and leadership of the times. I really don’t know what it will take to affect humanity in the aggregate short of a truly spiritual reckoning of sorts. Thanks so much for helping us make this transition and I commend your courage!

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