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The Case of Race and Dignity (Ep30)

Empowerment Starts Here with Dr. Monique Liston (click here to listen).

Scroll down to access links and other resources mentioned in Episode 30- “The Case of Race and Dignity.”

Ep30 The Case of Race and DignityOne thing I appreciated in this case was when Dr. Liston’s talked about dignity as a sense of mutual self-worth within the human race and how race and gender (as social constructs) serve to disrupt our overall sense of oneness with each other.

This was the nugget I focused on in the close out of this episode but there was more that Dr. Liston explored in her treatment of the case. She talked about blackness within global white supremacy, about multiple community membership versus single community membership, and about identity as a contested concept.

This is an academically driven conversation but one that all people, academics and practitioners alike, should listen to as it helps us to understand what is really at stake when we do not do resistance and liberatory work around race.

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Key Points Discussed:

  • Gender and sex
  • Sexuality
  • The Nation State and Citizenship
  • Humanness within the context of citizenship (and the Nation state)
  • American Idealism based on oppression which is then based on race, than as a black person, she is the problem
  • Blackness within global white supremacy
  • Multiple community membership versus single community membership
  • Queer identity
  • Class identity
  • Resistance does not lead to freedom
  • The concept of “woman” as western

Notable Names Mentioned:

  • Rachel Dolezal
  • John Gaventa
  • Paulo Freire

Resources and Links Mentioned in this Episode:

  • The Invention of Women
  • Male Wives and Female Husbands
  • Masculine and Feminine Energy
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed
  • Get Out (Movie)
  • Empowerment Framework

Other  ESHpodcast Episodes Mentioned

Ep01- The Case of Being Black, Female and Human (with the informant Angela Walker)

Ep05- The Case of Passion and Pursuit (with the informants Roger Harris and Joshua Howard)

Ep15- The Case of Healing, Surviving and Thriving (with the informant Imani Evans)

Ep28- The Case of Integrity and Its Price (with the informant Sherita Love)

Ep29- The Case of Student Power ( with the host Angela Dye)

Ep31- The Case of the Academy and Women of Color (with the informant Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt)

Terms and Concepts Mentioned 

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Dignity
  • Oppression
  • Racism


I apologize for the sound quality.  At times, there was loss clicks and since choppiness due to electronic interferences.  I’m trying to learn more about why/when this happens.  In the meantime, please still listen as this is an excellent conversation!

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