How many times have you heard, “We need to have a national conversation about race in America.”? Did you just roll your eyes and let out a sigh? Because who has the time to count that high?
We’ve been saturation bombed by the idea of having this conversation for decades. Yet, it never happens. Eventually the need is forgotten. Then tragedy strikes, and the same people, who have the means and platforms to do so, opine yet again about the need for a conversation. Rinse and repeat.
You may be scratching your head, and thinking yeah, why hasn’t this oh-so-desperately needed national conversation about race already taken place? Others of you may be thinking, Oprah is hosting a 2-night special town hall event about racism in America, so take that Tracy! the conversation IS happening.
Sure, Oprah’s special will probably be super compelling. A couple of hundred tear-soaked tissues and a few dozen ads for prescription drugs later, will anything be resolved? Will you walk away with a better understanding and some ideas about how we can fix the underlying problems? Doubtful.
If you’re interested in hearing a conversation about race in America that’s sanitized to meet the approval of advertisers who care more about virtue signaling than they do about solutions, then by all means tune into Oprah’s special.
Want to hear an honest, raw, conversation about race relations in America that includes some potential for common ground upon which solutions can grow? Hotep Jesus and Scott Adams‘ were brave enough to have that conversation. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. They spoke forbidden truths. Offered their own point of view, and tried as best they could to put themselves in each other’s shoes.
Watch and listen to their long-ranging discussion with an open heart and mind. Allow yourself to follow them to places that may make you uncomfortable, because change will only happen when you are no longer willing to tolerate discomfort.