Dia Simms

A Candid Conversation About Systemic Racism

Since the murder of George Floyd, protests and unrest have swept the country, reaching all fifty states. More and more people see the need to discuss racism and the brutality and oppression faced by too many Americans. But where should that discussion begin? On this episode of Women of Impact with Lisa Bilyeu, Dia Simms, president of Combs Enterprises, addresses the uncomfortable conversations we all need to have, breaks down the structure and history of systemic racism, and advocates staying ruthlessly focused on overcoming the problem as quickly as possible.

 

REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE

Jane Elliott’s Blue Eye/Brown Eye Study: https://youtu.be/6gi2T0ZdKVc

Jane Elliott Blue Eye/Brown Eye study (condensed): https://www.instagram.com/p/CBLd0j4DNX4/

Thread Baltimore: https://www.thread.org/

National Urban League: https://nul.org/

Revolt TV: https://www.revolt.tv/

Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk about Power Posing: https://youtu.be/Ks-_Mh1QhMc

Amy Cuddy Successfully Refutes Criticism: https://bit.ly/3f0SrnI

Andreessen Horowitz Announces new fund designed to invest in underrepresented founders: https://tcrn.ch/3hc4wIC

 

ARTICLES:

How to Make This Moment the Turning Point for Real Change: https://bit.ly/2YmNgYi

Your Difficult Questions About Race in America, Answered: https://bit.ly/2MLNNO9

TV/MOVIES/PODCASTS:

-13th (Netflix)

-When They See Us (Netflix)

-Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap (Netflix)

-LA 92 (Netflix)

-1619 Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/7j5MhJCMBvOjF1Asi9LPLX?si=el6TNr1RSjq4aFzzkvTJAQ

 

What resources have you guys been using to learn more about systemic racism? Please share in the comments below so we can all learn together!

 

SHOW NOTES:

 

Police brutality represents only a fraction of the brutality that needs to be addressed [3:13]

Dia describes the sorts of uncomfortable conversations that we all need to have [6:11]

Dia explains why she needs to be dressed to the nines just to avoid being abused [7:54]

Lisa talks about how powerful it is when you feel a connection to another’s experience [11:58]

Dia gives a basic breakdown of systemic racism, its history and current reality [14:12]

Dia talks about the famous, ground-breaking brown eyes/blue eyes story [17:34]

Dia and Lisa discuss the failures and limitations of the American education system [21:10]

“You can’t be what you don’t see.” [25:27]

It’s not easy to change habitual ways of thinking, but it is possible and necessary [29:04]

We are all inextricably connected, so how do we move ahead together? [33:25]

Lisa talks about how protests and unrest have pushed her to talk about racism [38:28]

Dia discusses the importance of humility and clear, honest communication [39:58]

Dia advocates staying ruthlessly focused on overcoming systemic racism [43:35]

Dia recommends resources and people to follow [47:41]

 

FOLLOW LISA:

Instagram: https://bit.ly/2TIsoKh

YouTube: https://bit.ly/2IAbTcH

Podcast: https://spoti.fi/2IEajGW

 

FOLLOW DIA:

INSTAGRAM: https://bit.ly/2IksIJi

FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/2x00xcm

TWITTER: https://bit.ly/2XUkoWa

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