May 6, 2021
Esther Armah: Why the Racial Justice Reckoning Requires Emotional Justice
Too often we rely on technical models to address racism—implicit bias training, examining data and statistics, crafting institutional statements. But the very systems that uphold racial inequity Esther Armah says, are actually propped up by emotion, not logic. Changing the brutal realities of systemic racism requires embarking on a mission of “emotional justice.” For some, an “intimate reckoning” in our closest relationships is necessary, she says. Armah believes that we must confront, in both the personal and public spheres, the way race and racism are felt in the body.
As founder and executive director of the Armah Institute of Emotional Justice, her visionary framework upends performative Diversity Equity and Inclusion trainings that often presume whiteness is the norm. Instead, her method harnesses the emotional power of theatre, art, and storytelling to center the experiences of the most marginalized members of a community. Esther speaks with Courtney about how unpacking emotionality is messy and uncomfortable, but crucial for substantive change.
For show notes and transcripts, go to https://skoll.org/2021/05/05/solvers-episode-three-esther-armah-why-the-racial-justice-reckoning-requires-emotional-justice/
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