Reflections Inspired By Selma Movie
Dr. David J. Snider is a member of FHCMD’s Board Executive Committee. David is owner and primary consultant of David Snider Associates, which helps leaders and teams work together more effectively. The following is his essay that describes the impact the Selma march had on him as he returned to the South.
I believe that white folks talking with each other and letting African Americans and other persons of color know how we were taught racism helps us free ourselves from our racist past. Telling African Americans how we were taught to be racist probably will surprise few adult African Americans. After all, they had to recognize racism in order to survive. For us to be willing to say how we were taught to be racist lets them know we know we have some awareness of our own racism. Talking about how we were taught to be racist and how we recognize racism today lets people of color know they can have conversations with us about racism. Our cross-racial conversations about racism increase the possibility that we can work together to challenge racist behavior. The conversations can be uncomfortable. They also can help create very supportive and accepting connections with African Americans.