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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism - Book Discussion Series

Author: Sally Hendrick

With protests happening this summer across the United States around racial equality issues, Shout Your Cause focused on education and discussion of tough topics, such as racial inequality. "White fragility" is a phrase that Robin DiAngelo based her famous book upon, and I wanted to explore its chapters to see what this concept was about. It helped me find a deeper meaning behind our country's racial divide.

Shout Your Cause Founder's Story

In case you don't know, I am a white woman who grew up in rural West Tennessee. White privilege is written all over my face, as we had well-to-do lives with housekeepers, cooks, and college educations. More on that will come in later posts and projects.

I always had this feeling that my life was meant for something more, something beyond the scenarios that played out with my family and peers in a small town with a strict delineation between black and white neighbors.

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Moms of Addicted Loved Ones are Everyday Warriors

Author, Michelle Weidenbenner

Moms are heroes for their addicted child

Moms of addicted loved ones are hero warriors because they have to fight every day.

They fight to find and save the child they once coddled to their bosom.

A child with a substance use disorder becomes lost and trapped inside an imposter, a dark being that sucks common sense, logic, and rational decisions out of a beloved child. The demon hijacks the brain.

When a Mom looks into her child’s eyes, she can no longer see the man or woman she raised, the one who kissed her goodnight, the one who held her hand and knew right from wrong.

She sees a possessed demon who lives for only one thing: his drug of choice.

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Moms are confused about when to let their addicted child hit rock-bottom

Friends look at her differently. They think she’s part of the problem. They say, don’t enable him. You need to let him hit rock bottom.

But rock bottom sounds like death, and she refuses to believe...

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Nashville protests: A look back at May 30, 2020

As a writer for NewsLanded, our founder, Sally Hendrick, has focused on statistics related to the pandemic and the racial equality movement born from it. The following is a quote from one of her articles, which you may read in full here.

"Nashville, Tennessee, is known for having mostly peaceful protests. No matter the cause, past marches with as many as 15,000 people, have shouted for attention for social justice issues, such as women’s rights, LGBT rights, civil rights, and more. In February of 1960, the Nashville sit-ins began at various lunch counters at the Woolworth, Walgreens, Kress, McLellan, and Grants stores along Fifth Avenue North. Unbeknownst to many, in the months leading up to the full-scale protests, smaller-scale demonstrations had occurred at Harveys Department Store and Cain-Sloan nearby to “test the waters,” so to speak."

Protests in Nashville since May 30, 2020, have been peaceful

None of the official protests in Nashville have been...

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COVID-19: Analysis of Excess Death Data as of September 9, 2020

Focus on statistics related to the pandemic

As a writer for NewsLanded, our founder, Sally Hendrick, has focused on statistics related to the pandemic and the racial equality movement born from it. The following is a quote from one of her articles, which you may read in full here.

"Criticism of the figures showing reported cases and deaths due to COVID-19 is rampant in the media and across social media. How deaths are recorded citing COVID-19 when someone also has diabetes, heart disease, or a respiratory illness is being criticized based on pockets of stories from nurses and doctors across the country. This has sown doubt into the population, especially people with right-leaning political views, as they suspect COVID-19 charting is being politicized. However, numbers don’t lie, and there are ways to validate the pandemic’s effects on expected deaths that can be seen in the excess death graphs."

Excess death charts that debunk that only 6% of deaths are related to...

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Hometown Happenings: Connecting To My Roots

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Growing up in rural West Tennessee

Life growing up in the '70s and '80s looked different to me than it did for close friends of mine from the same place, same time, and same school system. Yet, I was oblivious to the differences until now.

Meet the Maggie Lipford Family

The video will give you more background on how our friendship came about, but everything is centered around one woman named Maggie Lipford from Humboldt, Tennessee. I learned even more about her in this discussion with her family.

Enjoy!

 

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Women in business inspiring other women to stick to it

Working with other women in business is inspiring

When I first started my business, I was inspired by other women doing amazing things, such as investment coaching, teaching technical courses, marketing coaching, fitness training, business coaching, providing business services, or any number of things, using their unique skills with a feminine touch. Those same women have continued to inspire me to push through the entrepreneurial roller coaster ride that can rattle those of us who like security and certainty in our lives.

Meet Angela Matthews, an investment coach

Angela and I first met online when she was an online reputation specialist. After doing that for a while, she wasn't quite feeling the vibe anymore, so she segued into investment coaching, which was more her style. The beauty of being an entrepreneur means that you can figure things out as you go. If one pathway isn't working for you, then change directions to develop something else. Now, Angela has a thriving...

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Black Lives Matter inspires action in online communities

As a writer for NewsLanded, our founder, Sally Hendrick, has focused on statistics related to the pandemic and the racial equality movement born from it. The following is a quote from one of her articles, which you may read in full here.

"With numerous protests continuing all over the United States to put a spotlight on systemic racism, police brutality, and the lack of education of African American history taught in schools, there is a movement happening in the cloud where groups of people are coming together to educate themselves and others, so they can be informed and do something to contribute. All too often, protests will happen, raising awareness around a news story or isolated situation, but the embers soon die without real change taking place. White people want to do something. Black people want to do something. Nearly everyone involved seems to want to do something to keep this conversation going to get to the root of the problems that have faced this country for...

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Shout Your Cause presents a deep-dive into 13th, a documentary

As protests against police brutality have popped up all over the United States in the wake of the pandemic, members of the Shout Your Cause focus group wanted to dive deep into getting educated about the history of our nation as pertains to racial equality (or the lack thereof). We had a discussion online, live on Facebook and YouTube for anyone and everyone to hear. It takes courage to not be afraid to talk about these issues, as they can bring up sensitivities that are not always apparent.

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Transcript:

Sally Hendrick (00:00:01):

News stories were coming in about this strange virus in Wuhan China. It was weeks before we saw the first cases in the US as the numbers went up each day. My curiosity got the best of me, and I started plotting the curves here's stories from real people all over the world and how they've responded. I'm Sally Hendrick, founder of Shout Your Cause, and this is COVID-19 the world responds.

Sally Hendrick (00:00:39):

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COVID-19: Shelter-in-place USA response effort

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Shout Your Cause™ advertises on Facebook and Instagram to reach people in your state to spread the shelter-in-place message that so many Americans are ignoring. This is your chance to contribute to the effort to get the message out there to save the people in your state from misinformation or a lack of understanding of what is happening with the spread of COVID19 infections.

What shelter-in-place measures could result in

The following chart is a screenshot of the potential growth in cases for Tennessee without any measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, what 3 months of social-distancing would result in, and how that compares to the number of hospital beds available in the state.

Social-distancing isn't enough, as the black line represents the maximum capacity of hospital beds available in Tennessee. Without shelter-in-place measures put into play, we will quickly meet the maximum bed count by April 20 and will be 44,000 beds short...

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