130: Celebrate as a form of protest; anti-racism and multiculturalism with Lori L. Tharps
"Anti-racism work is not about saving the unfortunate; anti-racism work is about saving all of us, improving the lives of all of us." ~Lori L. Tharps One of the themes to emerge from the not your typical self-care series is connection. Specifically, the idea that pursuing practices that require greater inward focus or offer less obvious immediate gratification creates a ripple effect. Anti-racism is self-care on a global scale. If you’re thinking, “Um, Andrea, that’s a bold claim and an unconventional discipline to add to my routine,” let me counter with this: it’s all about mindset. Lori L. Tharps - yes, of Kinky Gazpacho fame - believes that each individual action chips away at a towering problem until our collective efforts topple the entire system. There’s one critical catch. “If people look at anti-racism work, particularly white people, if they look at it as ‘well, you know, this is charity work for Black people and Brown people and I should just do it because it's the right thing and they need my help,’ that's not the right mindset to go into,” cautions the blogger and host of My American Meltingpot. On her podcast, Lori approaches the practice of anti-racism with clear-eyed directness, especially in her “Don’t Be Racist” series, recorded in the last half of 2020. In it, she offered some different ways of thinking about how we view the subject through a broader lens, how we incorporate these efforts into our lives, what that may look like - and allowing space for what that may not look like. Lori’s creative non-fiction style transitions seamlessly from her writing to her show which makes the prospect of dismantling this whole fabricated story of race totally doable. *** Full show notes, resources, opportunities, other podcasts & books mentioned... You can find them here: http://www.thecreativeimpostor.com/130 Hear more about the evolution of Lori's podcast on Podcast Envy (episode releases shortly after this one.) Get Lori's books from Bookshop.org! Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America's Diverse Families Substitute Me Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America Podcast Episodes Mentioned My American Meltingpot e48: Don’t Be Racist My American Meltingpot e50: Don’t Be Racist - Take Action My American Meltingpot e51: Don’t Be Racist - Decolonize Your Mind CONNECT WITH LORI L. THARPS My American Meltingpot Podcast Instagram JOIN THE COMMUNITY I've have TWO opportunities for you! Join The Creative Impostor Collective for free on Mighty Networks! Subscribe on Patreon to the Craft & Culture private podcast to follow along my next voice journey. I'm sharing more behind the scenes reflections on the various Podcast Envy and Creative Impostor interview episodes and more of my personal story, in the hopes that it helps you to realize that you are not alone on this creative path and inspires some idea in your creative life and work. You'll be helping to support the show (and me!) in exchange for bonus content. You choose your monthly support level of $3, $9, or $27/month. Connect with Andrea Email or Voice firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram: @thecreativeimpostor LinkedIn: @andreaklunder (I only accept connections from people I actually know, so include a message to say you’re a Creative Impostor listener.) Show some love for The Creative Impostor! I would LOVE if you could leave me a short & sweet review: http://www.ratethispodcast.com/creative. Send me a screenshot and I might even read it on a future episode. Get your books from somewhere OTHER than Amazon. Bookshop.org is a B-Corp - a corporation dedicated to the public good — online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. When you order from Bookshop, through my link, 10% of your purchase goes to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookstores and 10% comes to The Creative Impostor studios through their affiliate program. Grow your own online community using Mighty Networks! It's where we host The Creative Impostor Collective and when you create your own group with the Business or Community plan, we receive a thank you bonus from them for referring you.