Book Discussion: Say The Wrong Thing

Interview with Dr. Amanda Kemp: Say the Wrong Thing - YouTube

Join us for a book club discussion of Dr. Amanda Kemp’s excellent book in which she shares stories and strategies for racial justice and authentic community. It’s a very quick read – I listened to it on Audible and it’s narrated by the author. It’s just about 2 hours, and it is straight from the H.E.A.R.T.

Hold space for transformation: Practice unconditional acceptance of what is and who is.
Express yourself: Share from the heart.
Act with intention: Take action even if it is imperfect.
Reflect on yourself: Cultivate self‐awareness.
Trust the process: Let yourself and others be uncomfortable. Be gentle with yourself as you grow.

Her message is one we linguists can get behind: there will be miscommunication and misunderstanding as we move towards healing, but we need to stay in this conversation! The time is now to do the work of nurturing and expanding our community as we move away from the “Lie of Separation” – as Dr. Kemp puts it – and into an intimate conversation about race that expands our understanding and our hearts.

When: Thursday, June 11th at 11:00 am PDT / 2pm EDT


And here’s a great review of the book in Friends Journal!

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