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Magnificent Midlife

Jun 15, 2020

An incredibly powerful interview with Kimberly McCormick talking about understanding, acknowledging and taking action concerning the Black Lives Matter movement.
Kimberly works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta Georgia, is a singer/songwriter, and runs a growing community supporting diabetics. We met in a marketing group on Facebook where I found her to be an enormously inspiring speaker with a powerful way of getting past white defensiveness about our complicity in anti-black racism. So I asked her to come and talk to me so I could share her clarity, wisdom and powerful message.

We talk about:
The sadness in the Black community and the roller-coaster of emotions at the moment
The impact of 400 years of oppression today
The relief that finally people are paying attention
Trying to understand the weight of the emotion, both sadness and anger within the black community
Being able to accept when Black people don’t want to talk about what’s going on
Moving through White fragility and not getting defensive when confronted about racism
Allowing Black people the time to exhale and work out where they are with the current situation
The importance of listening and learning about the situation
God deciding to take definitive action in 2020 to make humans listen
The impact of Covid-19 on getting the world to wake up and take notice
The impact of 400 years of oppression and stress on the overall health of the black community
Carrying the grief of one’s ancestors
Being brave to ask questions and move on if you get it wrong
Being willing to open yourself up to things you’ve never encountered before
Being willing to get uncomfortable
Changing your circle if everyone in it looks like you
How if you want to break the ice you need to be willing to be the ice breaker
What can white people in particular do now to help change the world, hopefully for good?

And lots more.

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