Sonia Lewis joins me on this conversation on race to talk about race, racism, inequity and critical race theory in education. She is a consultant and speaker in diversity, race and education.
- Sonia’s decision to not salute American Flag when she was seven
- Sonia’s experience growing up in Richmond, California with a father who was one of the founders of the Black police officer’s association
- Historical background of the US educational system and the perpetuation of systemic racism
- Why it’s essential to be able to talk about race in schools
- What really is Critical Race Theory
- How white supremacists are playing on the ignorance and fears of many white people and distorting the definition of critical race theory
- The history of racism in the US includes racism against, Asians, Latinos, Native Americans and also antisemitism
- Jim Crow laws that stopped Black people from voting, owning property, getting education and keeping segregation
- Could some of the pushback against Critical Race Theory be due to shame that some people feel about how people of color have been treated? Or is it just hate?
- Three ways people can help dismantle racism
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Sonia Lewis Bio
She has been described as fearless and unflinching; driven by the integrity of hard work; a dreamer and problem solver; and a bully to the bullies with power and influence. Sonia Lewis co-founded ASCRIBE Educational Consulting on February 13, 2009, while sitting in a booth at Stage Coach Restaurant in Sacramento, CA, while having birthday brunch with a friend. They wrote a mission and vision statement on napkins. Sonia channeled how supported she felt at age 7 when she daringly challenged liberty and justice for all. Core to her dream for ASCRIBE was to lean on equity and resources for the most marginalized in community. A former high school Social Studies teacher and Program Director, Sonia took a leap of faith into the world of entrepreneurship. She is a visionary and isn’t willing to accept the norm, as the standard we are forced to accept.