“If we own our story, then we get to write the ending. And if we don’t own our story, the story owns us. We have to own our stories to write a different ending. And our collective story in the United States is a story of White Supremacy.”
– Dr. Brené Brown
Several weeks ago, Dr. Brené Brown (GLS 2013, 2015) hosted a Facebook Live event where she discussed the connection between vulnerability and shame in the important conversation on race. The powerful post blew up on Facebook.
The events at Charlottesville remind us that racial challenges persist throughout the globe. The response to Charlottesville also highlights the alarming rise of disrespect and incivility on multiple sides of this conversation. This video is helpful both for those who want to engage in the racial conversation, and also in calling us to lead with higher levels of respect and civility.
Courageous leaders are willing to wrestle with difficult topics like race. And they help people move to a better place of empathy and understanding.
Watch the video below. Or use the time codes provided to jump into the conversation at points that interest you.
We need to keep talking about Charlottesville.
Posted by Brené Brown on Tuesday, August 15, 2017
3:00 The 3 Ps of owning a collective story.
3:30 1) Privilege
7:47 2) Perspective-taking
10:15 3) Power
12:10 Why we need to use the term “White Supremacy.”
16:07 It seems people are shaming the white men who participated in the march in Charlottesville. Is it okay to use shame sometimes but not at other times?”
19:02 How do we start this conversation in a school environment?
20:25 How do I confront someone, without shaming them, when they are making subtle racist or sexist comments?
26:15 What do you do when you want to stay in the conversation, but you feel overwhelmed and paralyzed?
28:53 What are our next steps?
The content in this Facebook Live session is extremely powerful, but please be advised that Brené uses some explicit language throughout the video.
Dr. Brené Brown (GLS 2013, 2015) has spent the past 13 years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. With more than 18 million views, her 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world. She is the author of #1 New York Times bestsellers: Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. Brown’s newest book, Rising Strong, examines how falling down can be our greatest call to courage and why owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write a daring new ending. This video was originally posted on Brené’s Facebook page here.