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Exploring White Privilege and Preventing Violent Extremism

Justin Hicks/IPB News

Monday, June 22, 2020 at 9 PM

On this edition of Peace Talks Radio, Megan Kamerick interviews Layla Saad, the author of "Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor". The book grew out of an Instagram challenge that thousands of people took part in where they reflected on their thoughts, feelings and behaviors around race. Saad offers an opportunity for white allies to understand more about their own privilege and how they often unconsciously participate in racism, despite good intentions, and also how they can take meaningful action to create a more equitable society.   

Also on this program , Sarah Holtz speaks with the Executive Director of Parents for Peace, Myrieme Churchill, to learn about the group’s vision and strategies in helping families deal with family members who become drawn to extremist and terrorist causes.  The search for identity, purpose, and belonging are essential as young people grow into adulthood, but these motivators can just as easily be exploited to violent ends. Parents for Peace is a national non-profit organization working to prevent such outcomes. The group supports families confronting extremist ideology and violence in young people.