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Nan Russell

Jun 3, 2020

In the BIG scheme of things

Today I bought two books: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. I decided I need to learn more, listen more, and understand more.

A few years ago, I wrote about soul-courage in my book, The Titleless Leader this way: "Many of us stay waiting and hoping someone else will step up, take ownership, or make things happen. We're afraid to speak up, admit we're wrong, challenge a myth, or engage an adversary. But people using soul-courage understand there's an inner risk if they're not offering a best-self approach. They step up in challenging times, knowing action feels better than inaction and commitment feels better than non-commitment. We're drawn to people who raise the bar for themselves and others. Their soul-courage nudges our own. They know what they're for and it differentiates them. The difference between being for something versus against something is significant. When you're for something, you're working toward what you want to bring about or contribute to, and that shifts accountability, energy, and commitment. Being for something requires strength of convictions and a willingness to stand up for them."

I am for Black Lives Matter. I am for the freedoms and values proclaimed in the Bill of Rights and Constitution to be the reality and truth for all people of these United States. I am for those like me, with white privilege, to understand more, listen more, and contribute more to a shared better future. And I am for all people of goodwill who shine light and love in the world.

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