We Need To Talk… about Allyship, Empathy, and Racial Justice

By Emlen Miles-Mattingly

In every organization, company, or community, in order to thrive, achieve goals, and make change possible, understanding and collaboration, is needed. To be honest, black people, especially males, are treated differently by law enforcement and society. We are feared for reasons we don’t understand. This fear of black people has been going on for a very long time and is completely getting out of hand. It’s time that we put a stop to this history of violence and oppression. But how? Where should one start? How do we even make others aware of all of this when they’re not willing to take a look? How do we bring this issue to the table? As a white brother or sister, how can you be a part of this change? Join me in this episode, as we talk to people, whom I consider my allies in the financial industry — Sonya Dreizler, Justin Castelli, and Jason Wenk. They are all successful financial professionals who are empowering people to do their best with what they have, to live the life they deserve. In this conversation, we talk about allyship, empathy, the importance of racial justice, and why we need to talk about racial issues now and the role of white people on behalf of the black community.  They also share their honest thoughts on what they felt and where they stand on this current situation we’re facing.  We also talk about solutions and suggestions on how to take real action for people of color inside and outside the workplace. If you really want to be a part of this movement of change and break the systemic racism in this country, start by listening to this episode. I encourage you to step up into action so that we can all move forward towards a brighter future where we are all collaboratively thriving. Highlights: >> Our allies thoughts on the recent events that unfolded recently in our country >> Where do you fit in as an ally and how can you become a part of this change? >> Why it matters that people need to listen to this issue we’re facing right now? Why should people take a second look? >> Expanding your knowledge and awareness of what’s really happening >> The importance of racial justice and the role of white people in all of these issues >> The negative overrepresentation of media to the black community >> Brief history of the racial inequality in the United States >> Feeling empathy, regrets, and addressing mistakes >> Micro and Macro Action: measures we can do to help propel change and how to start? >> Listening, understanding then collaborating >> Suggested solutions for a more inclusive and diverse workplace Resources: >> Sonya Dreizler’s Social Media https://www.linkedin.com/in/sdreizler (LinkedIn) https://twitter.com/SonyaDreizler/status/1266071363506200576 (Twitter @SonyaDreizler) https://www.solutionswithsonya.com/ (Solutions with Sonya) >> https://www.solutionswithsonya.com/news/2020/5/27/financial-services-has-a-racism-problem (Financial Services Has a Racism Problem) >> Justin Castelli  https://www.linkedin.com/in/justincastelli (LinkedIn) https://twitter.com/jus10castelli (Twitter @just10castelli) https://justincastelli.io/ (Justin Castelli - website) https://rlswm.com/ (RLS Wealth Management) >> Jason Wenk’s Social Media  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonwenk (LinkedIn) https://twitter.com/jasonwenk (Twitter @jasonwenk) http://altruist.com (Altruist) https://www.jasonwenk.com/ (Jason Wenk - website) https://medium.com/@jason.wenk (Jason Wenk’s blog) >> Additional resources to expand your Knowledge about racism, racial justice, and what’s really happening to the black community:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Revision-History-Modern-World-Guides/dp/0719572290 (Revision for History: GCSE Modern World History by Ben Walsh and Wayne Birks) >> https://www.amazon.com/New-Jim-Crow-Incarceration-Colorblindness/dp/1595586431 (The New Jim Crow: Mass...

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