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Community Conversations
with Alex & Dydine

Episode 1

What do you think needs to happen in our community to keep the current momentum alive in order to effect real change?

Special guest André Lovelle. Cultivating Change in our Society.

I think that’s the question a lot of people are asking. I have a friend. His name is Elijah Roberson, he wrote about this concept of ally fatigue, which unfortunately is already, you know, apparently an issue.

And basically, the article was about how certain pockets of our collection of allies getting tired of, thinking about this all the time. It's not a fun thing to think about, social injustice. So in order for us to keep the momentum going. I was saying that the onus is on us, those who are actually sort of suffering to to lean on the privilege of the folks who are, who consider themselves our allies. So you know when our allies ask us what they can do, which is a question I'm sure both of you have received repeatedly.

I've received it repeatedly. And my answer is: you have access to and connections with people who I don't, who may be holding on to like racist ideas or some anti-human ideals. Educate them, talk to them, work on them, because I think whenever things are out of balance what we're seeing now is that we have sort of a fringe idea of a fringe movement that's moved to the center.

André Lovelle

The conversation took place on Instagram live
August 8, 2020

André Lovelle biography

André Lovelle is a former educator and writer that hails from Washington DC. In 2005, André launched his writing adventure with a blog called Blaxplanation. He used this blog as a tool to unpack black lives and start a dialogue about the vast and rich cultures the world has to offer. He says that, “we cannot always let fear dictate how we interact with the world or how we live our lives. Because you cannot fully realize yourself if you are constantly operating through fear”.