Howard C. Stevenson: How to resolve racially stressful situations
Dr. Howard C. Stevenson's work involves developing culturally relevant, in-the-moment, strength-based measures and therapeutic interventions that teach emotional and racial literacy to families and youth. Full bio
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is the one to tell it."
we need a racial literacy
of racial threat in America.
represent the power
from each other as east is from west,
from Montgomery, Alabama.
with racial conflict
my sister Christy and I in church
seven days a week.
because of the color of our skin,
would get them back in the end.
approach was spiritual --
was a little different.
more relational --
violence and segregation,
to chase others out of hers.
to a foreign country.
and verbally deferential
somewhere, she walked.
with her cultural style.
are climbing the walls.
because she was worried about money
would interpret us as misbehaving
about their children being misjudged
would do something or say something
with our cultural style,
at the conveyor belt.
was to throw our food into the bag.
to tell them who they were,
by my mother, you haven't lived.
before a racial conflict
both of their strategies,
and the right way.
like a deer in the headlights,
in heedless, thoughtless anger.
we've got to know how to push,
of these two skills --
we are racially threatened,
and adults are older than they really are,
we convince ourselves
affection or protection.
moments are racial encounters,
that people will ever face.
that have led to some wrongful deaths
and African-Americans in this country,
and ask no questions.
the intensity of threat
from going on lockdown.
would get to come home from school
and fathers wouldn't have to cry.
negotiate 60-second encounters,
have these conversations,
the ability to read,
a racially stressful encounter.
when a racial moment happens
my tsunami interpretation of this moment
to a mountain-climbing experience,
to one that is much more doable
where I pretend, "That didn't bother me,"
where I exaggerate the moment.
how to read, recast and resolve
we call: "Calculate, locate, communicate,
on a scale of one to 10?"
in my body do I feel it?"
fifth-grade school said to me,
because I'm the only Native American.
are fighting with each other,
into my throat and choke me."
are coming in my mind?"
try breathing in
at the Racial Empowerment Collaborative,
to help youth manage their emotions
of my colleagues Loretta and John Jemmott,
of African-American barbershops,
to be health educators in two areas:
in their partner relationships;
their cultural style
to 18- to 24-year-old men
stressful moments in the classroom.
parents and their children separately
to problem-solve daily microaggressions.
with our children can be healing,
are saying, "Practice?
to talk about how that happened.
that the world will misjudge them.
and I were folding laundry,
is such a rare occurrence,
strange was going to happen.
of George Zimmerman.
and I was not prepared.
and hunt down and kill
come out of my mouth was,
there are people
and children, too --
you can do about that.
or something like that,
because I'm scared of you."
You've got to be careful.
can disrespect you.
you don't look like you're ..."
that "You don't look right,
to disrespect you."
people -- can wear a hoodie,
when you said "other people,"
disrespected like that?
I was so awkward in the beginning,
my rhythm and my groove,
and issues of discrimination,
or you're a criminal because you're black,
it doesn't matter who does it.
at a swimming pool with a friend
that he was able to talk about it;
of Trayvon's parents
George Zimmerman's parents,
they say about him?
felt that he was justified
to follow a black kid,
leg was shaking uncontrollably
I could see somebody chasing Julian,
that could come out of my mouth
to bother my child ...
to bother my child ...
HS: I'm gonna get 'em.
because they might have weapons.
call police, too, like I should.
you can't just go chasing people.
an army or something.
go get 'em, messing with my son.
will think about you.
you're beautiful and handsome,
and handsome and smart.
and smart as you want to be.
what parents teach their children.
to what their parents teach.
shows up in a room?
their tsunami interpretation
and just decision in 60 seconds?
relationships around race
communicate, breathe and exhale
with our lesser selves.
minds and souls --
minds and souls affects our health --
gun control for our hearts.
want for their children
our children as your children,
from our stories,
are full of affection and protection,
that the lion's story will never be known
is the one to tell it.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERHoward C. Stevenson - Racial literacy leader
Dr. Howard C. Stevenson's work involves developing culturally relevant, in-the-moment, strength-based measures and therapeutic interventions that teach emotional and racial literacy to families and youth.
Why you should listen
With more than 29 years experience working as a clinical and consulting psychologist in low-income rural and urban neighborhoods across the country, Howard C. Stevenson is now Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC). The REC is a research, program development and training center that brings together community leaders, researchers, authority figures, families and youth to study and promote racial literacy and health in schools and neighborhoods.
Stevenson is currently the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education and Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. He has written numerous peer-reviewed publications, and he is the author of the teaching book Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools. His research publications and clinical work have been funded by the W.T. Grant Foundation, Annenberg Foundation and the National Institutes of Mental Health and Child Health and Human Development.
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