Let Us Be Heard – Jean Smith
A note from our guest Jean Smith on her thoughts, opinions and viewpoints shared on this episode: “My thoughts are my own and not affiliated or endorsed by any outside organizations.”
In this episode CS interviews Jean Smith, a mother of 2, a strong female presence and a wonderful influence on the younger generation, especially within the young black community. We wanted to talk to Jean because we wanted to gain perspective about the things we simply do not know. What we do know is it’s our job to know and learn and gain as much knowledge as possible to do more than just spread kindness. Bottom line is stated perfectly by Jean in this interview: “We have to work to be anti racist. We can love each other and we can be kind to each other because that’s what we’re supposed to do. But we have to do the work. We have to do the work from whatever seat we’re in.” We feel called, and Jean has inspired both of us to do whatever we can to let everybody be heard.
We learned so much from CS’s conversation with Jean. Here are a few of the key points that we learned.
We have to stop talking about race like it’s a bad thing. It can be worked into our day to day conversation and not be the conversation that people are uncomfortable having!
We have to prioritize the marginalize. We need to close the gap. It won’t be easy, but it has to be done.
On that same note, people in the majority population need to understand that people in the minority population don’t want to take anything from them… they just want to be on even footing where we can all have equal chances and opportunities!
Those who are privileged are obligated to learn what they can, do what they should, and change the world we live in. We are better together, and we must all do better NOW!
Thank you, Jean, for sharing your personal viewpoints on what it is like to be who you are, fearfully and wonderfully made. We hear you, and what we hear is invaluable to us. We are so grateful. Let’s go!!!!!
Jean shared some amazing resources with us and as promised we’re sharing them with you!
- Paul Gorski- Equity Literacy Institute – (Check out his Prioritization Principle)
- Brittany Packnett-Cunningham – follow her on Twitter and IG. She’s one of Jean’s sheros. (Jean shared on FB a while back a list of Anti-Racism resources that Brittany shared. HERE is the link)
- Bryan Stevenson – Equal Justice Initiative
- Jean has a teacher friend named LaNesha Tabb with Education with an Apron. She has AMAZING Social Studies resources for young young minds. She’s truly AWESOME and is asked to travel the country teaching teachers. She has two guides on how families can talk to kids about racism…HERE is the link to one. (The book does cost $20.)
- HERE is a guide to age by age discussions of racism.
- HERE is a link to the video Black Girl Magic (thank you to these amazing young ladies for sharing their voices and hearts!!!)
Lastly, here is a photo of the shirt that Jean was wearing in honor of her lifelong friend, Chris Beaty. Chris tragically and senselessly lost his life, but his love for life will live on forever. We have to do better. There HAS to be a better way. Our love and prayers go out to Jean and all of Chris’s family and friends.
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