Episode 17: Enlighten Me on Racial Justice Activism by Jari Minett
Have you ever had an experience that made you ask yourself, “Did that happen because of my skin color?” Jari has. After a racialized experience during Obama’s first run for presidency, Jari became aware of ways that she needed to use her voice to stand up for what she believes in. Not only that, but she has a passion for getting others involved, too, that is going to leave your mind racing.
Jari is currently a doctoral student at the University of Illinois studying higher education with a special interest in Black student activism. This research interest stems from her own time spent at a major university in the deep south and recognizing some of the injustices that took place on that campus while also seeing that there was a lack of advocacy from students that these injustices directly affected. Jari was heavily involved in Obama’s first campaign, and now she is researching how we can continue to get students of color involved in movements that matter.
In this episode, Jari and I discuss Black history as it relates to activist movements. She brings to light how the movements from the past can inform the movements of today, and how we can all learn from American history. We also address some common stereotypes that surround activism – Jari explains how not all movements are going to include violence or be extremely time consuming. Finally, Jari encourages listeners, no matter their skin color, that we all have a responsibility to get involved, AND that it’s actually not that difficult to do so! Sometimes being an activist can mean being involved in a protest, but sometimes being an activist means correcting someone when you hear something that’s not right. I think that means we can all be activists!
Get ready to be convicted, but get ready to be fired up! The responsibility is on us, but the power for change is also with us. In the words of Jari, “just do something.” Let’s go together and make a difference!
Links from the show:
“Black Power on Campus” by Dr. Joy Williamson Lott:
“What the Health” documentary (available on Netflix):
“Ethical Ambition” by Derrick Bell:
“Critical Race Theory” by Delgado and Stefancic:
“The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson:
“Ready from Within” by Septima Clark:
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