In this episode we break down several aspects of internalized white supremacy: perfectionism, conflict as danger, defensiveness, not-good-enough story, and obsession with product over process and doing the right thing. We also highlight how the discomfort and dissonance between our perception of ourselves and the realties we are confronted with are key to healing internal white supremacy and freeing ourselves from the inner tyranny that keeps us separate and isolated. Healing the inner tyranny is possible when allow ourselves to take our proper place as one piece in a bigger puzzle: one piece with both it's importance and its limitations.
"How can we have a multi racial democracy if the water we’re drinking is still white supremacy? “--Lisa Jo Epstein Ph.D.
Our guest, Lisa Jo Epstein Ph.D., is the Executive & Artistic Director of Just Act, and an accomplished theatre director, educator, Theatre of the Oppressed trainer and facilitator. Dr. Lisa Jo works at the intersection of theatre, social justice, anti-oppression facilitation and community-based engagement, and integrates her unique background and facilitation skills into creative social justice diversity training, education, capacity building, community-based planning, development, expression and activism. In the 1990s, she trained for 3 years with Augusto Boal, creator of Theatre of the Oppressed, and interned with Ariane Mnouchkine of the renowned Théâtre du Soleil in Paris France. Dr Lisa Jo founded Just Act in 2015, serving as a catalyst for change and activism to build a just world.
Resources mentioned on the show:
Augusto Boal also here
Theatre of the Oppressed
Lisa Jo Epstein bio
Originally recorded on 1/14/2021