Jewish, Orthodox Rabbi and African-American, MaNishtana enters the race convo as a voice of young Jewish leaders who speak out on issues of race, racial justice and religion in the Jewish community and beyond. He shares his experiences, perspective and Jewish philosophy with us in all of these areas. MaNishtana is a speaker, blogger, screenwriter and author of two books. He is the author of “Thoughts From a Unicorn, 100% Black, 100% Jewish, 100% Safe
Episode highlights with MaNishtana:
- Racial stereotypes within US Judaism and the outside world
- The intersection of race, religion and social justice
- How racism, immigration, and climate change are all Jewish issues
- Dealing with other people’s bias, stereotypes and assumptions toward him as a Black Jewish man and an orthodox rabbi.
- Making the world a better place for Jews of Color
Relevant links: www.MaNishtana.net
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Everyday Conversations on Race for Everyday People
Episode 7- Race, Racism and 3 Emmys Producing Oprah
Race, racism and racial bias are still challenges that people of color have to contend with in the pursuit of success. Engaging in everyday conversations on race, with people different than you is one way to reduce racism and racial bias.
It’s widely accepted that a Black person in America has to be at least twice, and even three or four times as good as a white person with similar qualifications. Growing up in a lower-income Black neighborhood in North Carolina. my guest LeGrande Green heard his father tell him over and over, “A Black person in America has to be at least twice as good as a white person with the same qualifications to be successful.” LeGrande used those words to propel him forward. He graduated Princeton on a full academic scholarship, received four Emmy Awards as supervising producer of the Oprah Winfrey Show, and the NAACP Image Award. Even at that level of success, he still had to confront racism, and racial bias as a Black man in America.
In this podcast episode of Everyday Conversations on Race, LeGrande talks about his journey to the top, only to lose it all and find himself as a Black, gay man in America.
Key points from Episode 7 Race, Racism and Producing Oprah
- Issues of safety as a Black man in America
- Intersectionality of race, sexual orientation (LGBTQ,) and age- “So to me aging is about wisdom and about acknowledging the past, present and how I want to live my life” (LeGrande Green)
- The reality of race and being called paranoid for calling racism
- Race is not a scientific reality, but it is a social construct and it’s about color
- No matter how successful you are as a person of color, you still have to confront racism and racial bias.
- Internalized racism, self-esteem and eliminting self-doubt that is self-destructive
- Racism, agism and invisibililty in the LGBTQ community
- Speaking out against racial profiling
- Why we need everday conversations on race to eliminate racism
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