We are rounding out Black History Month with this amazing Holistic Wealth podcast episode on Anti-Black Racism, and the racial wealth gap. In this exciting episode of the Holistic Wealth podcast our special guest is Andre Henry, Author of All the White Friends I Couldn’t Keep. Hope and Hard Pills to Swallow About Fighting For Black Lives.
When the rallying cry “Black Lives Matter” was heard across the world in 2013, award-winning singer-songwriter Andre Henry was one of the millions for whom the movement caused a political awakening and a rupture in some of his closest relationships with white people. As he began using his artistic gifts to share his experiences and perspective, Henry was aggrieved to discover that many white Americans—people he called friends and family—were more interested in debating whether racism existed or whether Henry was being polite enough in the way he used his voice.
In this personal and thought-provoking book, Henry explores how the historical divides between Black people and non-Black people are expressed through our most mundane interactions, and why this struggle won’t be resolved through civil discourse, diversity hires, interracial relationships, or education. What we need is a revolution, one that moves beyond symbolic progress to disrupt systems of racial violence and inequality in tangible, creative ways.
As Andre revealed to Shondaland.com in an interview: “When I decided that I’d invest my body in the struggle for Black freedom, I started with a performance art piece where I lugged a solid granite boulder around the Los Angeles area for several months. Next, I walked around with a suit jacket with the names of victims of police brutality. I’ve gotten several messages over the years about how those performances helped reframe things for some people who witnessed them. My music encourages other activists to keep going and helps me to express my truth.” Tune in to listen to this amazing episode of the Holistic Wealth podcast with special guest Rev. Andre Henry.
Resources Used In This Episode:
Musician and Author
• Andre Henry’s amazing new book, the importance of discourse on themes such as the racism, relationships, religion, and issues such as the racial wealth gap.
• Andre’s experience with racism growing up in the shadow of Stone Mountain, “the Confederate Mount Rushmore”, and what that was like.
• How Andre lugged a giant boulder around the Loas Angeles area to protest racism and the results he achieved.
• Andre’s perspective on reparations, the racial wealth gap and the way forward, in fighting wealth inequality.
• Andre’s thoughts on the deep polarization around the globe, and how we can achieve reconciliation and healing.