In 2020

The past week has been a pivotal one for our nation. Thousands, if not millions of people across the nation are rising in solidarity with Black Americans, calling for a more just justice system that truly protects Black lives.

As Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, shared with supporters earlier this week: “To be silent right now is to be silent in the face of racism. Every one of us – and especially those who benefit from white privilege – has a moral responsibility to listen to and show up for Black Americans.” This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, will look into how all of us can meaningfully contribute to the fight for racial equality.

Nationwide protests have caused the president to ramp up his already inflammatory rhetoric, endangering the lives of protestors, as well as communities of color more broadly. Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, will be joined once again by Helio Fred Garcia — crisis communications expert and author of a new book Words on Fire: The Power of Incendiary Language and How to Confront It — to discuss the ways by which our leaders’ rhetoric can lead to violence.

Many of us are also confronting the ways in which we implicitly contribute to a status quo that has continued to have deadly consequences for Black people, and we are educating ourselves on how to be the strongest allies so that the ideals of equality under the law that we hold so dear truly mean something. Kerry Connell, author of Good White Racist?: Confronting Your Role in Racial Injustice, will join Welton to discuss the importance of allyship and how non-black Americans can and should confront their own privileges.

And you’ll hear a Word from Welton about some of the un-American news being made right now – in America.

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