7. A White Woman’s Mess: My Ongoing Process with Unpacking Racism

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Transformed podcast

This episode is different. I don’t have a guest to talk with, it’s just me sharing my thoughts about racism. This episode is mostly for white folks or at least non Black people. Anyone is welcome to listen, but in this episode, I am a white woman speaking to other white people about racism. There are experts on the lived experience of being Black in the U.S. (pretty much all Black people living in the U.S.) and there are white people who specialize in talking to other white people about racism. I’m not either of these. I’m an imperfect white woman learning and growing along the messy path of becoming anti-racist and that’s exactly what I want to share with you in this episode.

Topics I address include:

      • The killing of Black people
      • What my mom has to say about unpacking racism
      • My own racism
      • Being imperfect and messing up
      • What I did at a midwifery conference
      • Shame and fear around racism
      • Public commitments to doing more unlearning and relearning

    What we need to do is understand that internalized racism exists in each of us, it’s been cooked into the tissue of our being from the reality of living in a culture built on racism. As a white woman, it’s my job to unpack what’s been put there while I may have been sleeping.“- Britta Bushnell, PhD


Produced by Aleksa Mara
Edited by Veronica Gruba
Hosted & Created by Britta Bushnell, PHD

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Dr. Britta Bushnell

is a writer, teacher, storyteller, and mentor who blends her eclectic training, years of experience, and areas of study into a unique offering for individuals, couples, professionals, and groups. Britta is currently deep at work writing her forthcoming book, Transformed by Birth: Illuminating cultural ideals to enhance the experience of childbirth.