Race and Power

posted Jun 18, 2015, 2:13 PM by Bernie Gonzalez   [ updated Nov 24, 2015, 2:26 PM by Sophia Webmaster ]
Race and Power Summit in Detroit:

This was a great experience.  The workshops were very informative and was able to bring home lots of new substance for our leaders.  Structural Racism was a topic that was highly discussed.  We tend to think of racism as direct and in your face but the truth is now a days it is not so much so.  We all have to look at ourselves and consciously need to try to eliminate some of that bias that has been engraved in us via all the communication methods. 

Public Narratives:  Certain kinds of stories that have the power to shape peoples conscious perceptions, understandings, analysis and sense of what needs to be done and what is possible. 

As individuals and organizations we need to

- unmask the dominant narratives
-Contrast the narratives, offer a choice
-uncover and elevate new narratives

Transforming Narratives is not about winning an argument. It is engaging people to illuminate values and assumptions that are already in them.

Abraham Lincoln said:  "Public Sentiment is everything. With Public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.  Consequently he who molds public sentiment, goes deeper thant he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions.  He makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to be executed.