I attended this webinar and it was so powerful and so moving. The Dean of the School of Education was on of the panelists. I also knew one of the other panelists. In the beginning of the webinar, we were asked to hold our breath for as long as we can. I think it was like 19 seconds. When we were told release our breath, we were asked to imagine how long George Floyd had to go without breathing. I was so moved. I enjoyed hearing from the panelists and learning about ways we can work together to change systemic racism.
To be honest, I am learning about my privilege and my whiteness and how I can use my privilege for the good. This has been hard for me and it is not easy. I have read books about white privilege and tried to really understand how best to stand up and help all students. I am trying to learn and to open my eyes to what is going on out there, and to not ignore it anymore. Imagine what humanity would be like if we took the time to understand our privilege and how to channel it in the right direction.
I reached out to the person who asked us to hold our breath. We are connected on LinkedIn and I told her how much it meant to me, how I appreciate her, and how that moment will remain with me.