There is a favorite retort to the accusation of racism: "I'm not racist: I have a Black friend".
However, what it is truly like being someone's "Black friend"?
In this discussion Hannah Matthews @_heytra hosts Patricia Taylor @patricia_a_taylor , a passionate advocate and anti-racist educator, and Jackilyn Lewis-Burton @faithful_jay , the Director of Student Equity and First Year Transitions at Young Harris College and co-host of the Mocha Message Podcast @mochamessagepodcast, in this thoughtful conversation about our experiences as "the Black friend".
Here's what some folks had to say about this discussion:
"It was an engaging and enlightening conversation that allowed for the speakers to voice their experiences while allowing others to provide follow up and input. It also made me think about my upbringing as a white male and the freedoms that I had and have taken for granted as a child, adolescent and now as an adult." -Matt K.
"Being the Black Friend was such a great discussion. It was honestly just SO good." -Amanda
"Frank discussion. Thank you so much for the opportunity to listen, learn, and connect!" -Nathan D.