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The Power of Narrative in Pursuing Racial Justice

Sonali Kolhatkar is the racial justice editor at Yes! Media and the host of the weekly radio program, Rising Up. (broadcasts on KBCS Fridays at 7 am and Thursdays at 5 am)

Kolhatkar is also the author of a new book, Rising Up: The Power of Narrative in Pursuing Racial Justice The book describes how the media can overlook, minimize, hide and misrepresent narratives of people of color, while perpetuating negative and harmful stereotypes.  Kolhatkar highlights content creators, educators and influencers who are challenging this, and building a more inclusive and affirming media culture.

Sonali Kolhatkar will be speaking with Yes! Media editorial director, Sunnivie Brydum  at a Yes! Media-hosted, Seattle Town Hall event at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, September 6th.

The Wyncote NW Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, Washington 98101

Producer: Yuko Kodama

Photo Yes! Media and Sonali Kolhatkar

Why is it hard for white people to talk about racism?

We do not live in a color blind society. Racism is a very real issue. So why is it so hard for white people to talk about racism? Dr. Robin DiAngelo asks and provides answers to this question. She is a consultant and trainer on issues of racial and social justice. Robin received her PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis, explicating how Whiteness is reproduced in everyday discourse. She’s currently the Director of Equity for Senior Services, Seattle/King County. Dr. DiAngelo came up with the term white fragility, which she explains is a function of white privilege.

Dr. Robin DiAngelo will hold a workshop on Saturday, January 16 from 9 am – 1 pm at East Shore Unitarian Church in Bellevue.

King County responds to racial disparities in the juvenile justice system

Community organizers continue to voice their opposition to the youth detention center proposed to replace the existing one despite King County’s plans to move forward. Organizers say it’s not just about a building, it’s about the racial inequity of the prison system. On Tuesday, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced measures to address racial disparity in the juvenile justice system. KBCS News & Public Affairs Director Sonya Green discusses the latest news and reactions with South Seattle Emerald Founder and Executive Director, Marcus Green, a member of the Office of Performance, Strategy, and Budget Office of King County Executive Dow Constantine, Criminal Justice Strategy Manager, Dave Chapman and Plymouth Church United Church of Christ Associate Minister, Brandon Duran.

 

Additional Links:

No New Jim Crow Seattle

End the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) Seattle

No New Youth Jail 

Youth Undoing Institutional Racism

 

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