My Black Family and My White Male Privilege
June 17, 2013
Hosted by Sharon E. Davis
What really happens when a White man crosses the color line in the 21st Century by marrying a Black woman, and has children in the USA? How does White Privilege show up at home? Michael R. Wenger, author and Senior Fellow at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, lives in worlds that most White and People of Color don’t see or refuse to see. He sees the impact on children, family, and at work with startling clarity. Mike shows how far we’ve come, and how far we have to go on a very personal level and in our institutions. Are there more tears of joy or sadness? What happens when he goes head on with the unwritten or unconscious white code built into systems? What does Mike do at work when he can’t set race aside? Is there such a thing as ‘Internalized White Superiority’? Is there a way out? This tender real life story makes you think we have chances to break through our past. Is the path worth traveling? Can he show us how we are NOT trapped by our history? Or are we?
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Sharon E. Davis
Sharon is a founding member of the Institute for Healing of Racism in 1987. She has conducted International Dialogue Racism sessions in Mmabato, South Africa, and facilitated a Public Seminar on Cultural and Tribal Unity in Gabaronne, Botswana, and conflict resolution in China. She was interviewed by McNeil/Lehrer Newshour for the “Healing Racism in America” segment.
Sharon served as an International Institute and U.S Immigration Services speaker and MC at Swearing-in Ceremonies for new Americans, a regular TV panelist on “Interfaith Odyssey”, and Advisor and former Executive Director at the National Resource Center for Racial Healing which included being a Project Advisor – Diversity for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Saturn Titan Mission.
Whether Sharon is speaking to a boardroom full of executives or a group of seminar participants in South Africa, she applies her professional experiences and formal training to implement cultural change. Sharon has received numerous awards for her work in helping people unite including Spiritual Midwife of the Millennium Award for Cultural Diversity, one of six “Most Influential Black Women Entrepreneurs in Metro Detroit”, “Diversity Champion’s Honor Role” Birmingham Bloomfield Multiracial Community Council, the Houston, Texas Peace Award for Inter-group Understanding, and the TWIN award as one of 29 Outstanding Professional Women in Business and Industry. She has been quoted in several media publications.