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What happens when you ask 13 white people to talk about racism

Dr. Martin Luther King’s phrase “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice” is often spoken of with a sense of solace in America. We tell ourselves that progress is being made and patience is necessary.

Conversations surrounding racial inequity and injustice are perhaps more prevalent now than since the peak of the Civil Rights Movement.

But the realities of racial discrimination are still entrenched. People of color are striving to make change and make themselves heard.

What can white allies do to help bend that arc further, faster? That’s the subject of the talks at this PechaKucha Night Seattle event.

What’s a PechaKucha? The term has been translated as “the sound of conversation.” The gatherings started in Japan in 2003. The basic format requires speakers to present 20 slides in 20 second intervals. The idea is to keep presentations fast-paced and concise, i.e. not your average, boring PowerPoint presentation.

This PechaKucha Night Seattle event, “Interrupting Whiteness,” took place at the Seattle Public Library on June 1.

Please note: This recording contains unedited language of an adult nature.

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