Race and Place part 2

In part two of our conversation, anthropologist and social work student Natasha Wilson talks about how, as a black woman in mostly-white schools and workplaces, she felt shunned and avoided, which made it harder to deal with other adversity in her life.  She also talks about how these experiences have inspired her research on Post-Traumatic Growth.

Race and Place

We begin a new series on racism in Maine with a conversation with Natasha Wilson, who moved to Maine in 2012 following the tragic death of two of her brothers.  She talks about how her experience of racism has been shaped by the different places she’s lived, and how she was unprepared for the alienation and hostility she has experienced in overwhelmingly white states like Iowa and Maine.  We also discuss the history and underpinnings of white privilege and the idea of whiteness as a social construct.

To read the article by “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” byPeggy McIntosh that is referenced in this conversation, we recommend that you email the author directly at mmcintosh@wellesley.edu to request a free copy.

Speaking Up

A conversation with lesbian high schooler Sianna about how she has taken a stand against homophobia in situations where no one else was on her side, and why she’s glad she had to.

Imprisonment and Life Transformation (Part 2)

This is part two of my conversation with Mike who spent seven years in federal prison. Mike talks about his experiences participating in a group inside the prison called the Jericho Circle which he credits with teaching him emotional literacy and authenticity. Indeed the work he did with the Jericho Circle enabled him to reunite with his son after he was released. Mike now goes back into prison to help lead circles for the men inside, not only to give back, but also because it helps keep him connected to what makes him feel most free. 

On the Experience of Arrest and Imprisonment

A conversation with Liz, only three days after her release from prison.  She discusses her shame at being arrested, and the experience of exposure and intrusion from a public trial.   She describes the surprising support she received from other women in prison, and the experiences she had inside that felt transformative.  Liz also talks about how difficult it was to know how to parent her teenage children from inside, the stress of the prison environment, and the vulnerability of now telling people where’s she’s been.