Episode 115: The Role of Power in Addressing Racism

“When we talk about power, we’re talking about fear and threat. Examining a situation through a lens of looking at power can help us determine the real levels of threats and therefore the real levels of fear…and when we can see them, we’re going to be more empowered.”

Elena Aguilar

In this episode of our What to Say When You Hear Something Racist limited series, Elena guides you through how to reflect on power dynamics that are present in a situation in which you hear something racist. Listen in to hear the three types of power dynamics commonly at play, how your identity markers add complexity that must be considered, and how an awareness of both can help you find a springboard to open up the conversation.

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