Civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis urged Americans to “get in good trouble” as we face the systemic racial injustices that persist in our nation. But what does that mean? What can the average American really do to challenge the disadvantages suffered by people of color in education, housing, economic mobility, and the criminal justice system? Tenacious protesters continue their pleas for racial equity across the nation, refusing to let the spotlight fade. How else can those seeking change get in good trouble, as called for by Lewis?
Karsonya (Dr. Kaye) Wise Whitehead joins the Wye Fellows to discuss how ordinary Americans can combat racism. What does it mean to be anti-racist? How do we identify and acknowledge our own racism? How can we support efforts to end systemic racist practices? Dr. Kaye is an Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies in the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland and the host of the award-winning radio show, Today With Dr. Kaye. From 2013-2015, Dr. Whitehead was selected as one of only four experts to participate in the White House’s Black History Month Panel co-sponsored by President Obama and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) on topics ranging from the Emancipation Proclamation to the president’s policies on women and girls.