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Between Players

*This is part of a series breaking down my Aliveness Scaffolding to discuss our collective (un)learning of racism in America. Today I talk about Interdependence, the third practices outlined in my Scaffolding. Two Players stand on stage, ready to kick off their improv scene together. They’ve asked the audience for a suggestion to get started, and they’ve chosen “airport” as the scene start. They haven’t yet worked out their relationship to one another, their characters or the objective of their story. It’s the moment before all of that unfolds. There’s a space there, between the two of them and between them and the anticipating audience. One Player walks to the other and stops, searches

Fix and Lead

*This is part of a series breaking down my Aliveness Scaffolding to discuss our collective (un)learning of racism in America. Today I talk about Awareness and Listening, the first two practices outlined in my Scaffolding. A few days ago, I had an idea. I’ve been reading the devastating history of black enslavement, American policing and systemic segregation. There have been phone calls and workshops and rally cries to local officers and policy makers. I’ve watched videos of police shootings so when I say the names of Oscar Grant and Breonna Taylor; when I read about the cop in Buffalo who pushed a 75 year old white man to the pavement so hard, his head bled onto the city pavement, I’ve ac

Googling My Whiteness

It’s been a long time since I’ve had this much work to do. I’ve been busy before, sure, following tasks on countless To Do lists. I’ve had timelines and deadlines, goals and outcomes to strive toward. Projects to finish, disciplines to practice, boxes to check. This work is different. This is me unpacking my white privilege, for the very first time. It’s been heart-wrenching, humiliating and illuminating all at once, as I Google names of the black men and women who have been harassed and killed in our country for decades. I am freaking Googling them! Why? Because I didn’t take the time to learn their stories the first time around. Instead, I followed the toxic breadcrumbs of the media

 

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