We are Part of the Problem (And How to be Part of the Solution)

Conversations from the Heart - June 19th 2020

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Growth, Being of Service

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

How many times have you thought that racism was perpetrated by a select group of ‘bad’ people, that you were completely separate from it, or even that racism didn’t exist at all?

The truth is, as white people we have inherent biases and prejudices within us and whether we like it or not, we benefit from that privilege every day.

Once our eyes are open to our privilege and to the injustice that comes along with it, we can begin to make real change - but along the way, we are going to make mistakes.

Join Rachel in this week’s episode of the Yoga Girl Podcast where she humbly shares mistakes she has made as a western, Swedish, white yoga influencer, what she has learned from those mistakes, how the process opened her eyes to the global system of racism and how she is doing the work on a daily basis in order to listen, share resources, and use her platform to amplify BIPOC.

This episode will remind you to create daily habits that help you to understand the far-reaching effects of systemic racism, listen, share resources, make mistakes, but keep the flame of change burning. Keep listening, re-learning and integrating your education on anti-racism in your day to day life.

No problem can ever be solved by sweeping it under the rug.

Key Takeaways

  • Racism is not either present or absent in a person. All white individuals carry hidden biases and prejudices with them. If you are white, you can be a part of the solution by acknowledging that you play a role in the structure of white supremacy.
  • Don’t be afraid to own your mistakes and talk about them. If everyone knew how to do this right, we wouldn’t have this issue.
  • Having uncomfortable conversations creates change. We are all going to have to have these conversations as a part of doing the work.
  • Your own discomfort is not more important than Black lives. When it comes to being of service to something greater, don’t allow your discomfort to keep you from doing the work.
  • This work has to become an undercurrent in our daily lives. We have to be constantly listening, learning, sharing resources and amplifying Black voices.


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