Kerry Connelly: Silence, Privilege, and Dismantling Racism (Part Two)

This episode continues our conversation with blogger/activist Kerry Connelly. As in part one of this interview, we explore one of the most pervasive forms of toxic silence in our culture: the silence embedded in white privilege and systemic racism.

Kerry Connelly is a writer, certified life coach, creator of the no-nonsense blog Jerseygirl, JESUS, and host of the “White on White” podcast, which reimagines white identity apart from the dead end of pseudo-supremacy.

This is part two of a two-part episode. To listen to part one, click here.

Her latest book is Good White Racist? Confronting Your Role in Racial Injustice. Kerry Connelly is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Christian Theological Seminary (where she first met Cassidy Hall). She lives in New Jersey with her family.

I have to always be aware, practice awareness of who’s in the room, what’s happening, and what might be my call as a white anti-racist in that particular context, and it’s not always going to be the same, there’s not one answer. — Kerry Connelly

Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza (who has also been a guest on this podcast) praised Good White Racist? by saying, “The work that needs to be done is white-on-white race talk. By that I mean, white folks talking to white folks about the ways white supremacy is internalized and therefore shows up in their social practice. Kerry endeavors to do just this, and I think we all should invest our time in this book!”

I don’t recommend getting involved with Jesus if you don’t want to be radically challenged… I can’t be in relationship with Jesus and then be permitted to go about propping up the status quo. — Kerry Connelly

Some of the resources and authors mentioned in this episode:

Find Kerry Connelly at www.kerryconnelly.com.

I wonder what it must have been like, to have been Jesus, and be embodied in the way Jesus was embodied, and then experience that kind of silence in the desert… to be in that place, and to think about silence in that context, is a little mind-blowing. — Kerry Connelly

Episode 102: Silence, Privilege, and Dismantling Racism: A Conversation with Kerry Connelly (Part Two)
Hosted by: Cassidy Hall
With: Kevin Johnson, Carl McColman
Guest: Kerry Connelly
Date Recorded: April 13, 2020

Featured image photo by Cassidy Hall.

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Carl McColman
Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.