This could possibly be one of the most important conversations I’ve ever had on the Podcast. Nova Reid is a Ted speaker, anti-racism activist, and author. Her incredible debut book The Good Ally is out now. I think the book should be required reading. It is informative and incredibly researched, kind and compassionate. Nova invites us to do the self-inquiry and uncomfortable work of unlearning our own racism.

We chat about:

What racism is

Why the definition we may have in our head isn’t helpful

Why we have got to start having conversations with our children about race and how to do it

Trauma and racism

The heartbreaking impact of racism on Nova’s body

It really is an incredible episode. It’s also important for me to say that I have so much to do in my own anti-racism work. To be honest, I have to admit to you that I was nervous about talking to Nova and having this conversation.

What I’m learning is how important these conversations are, especially if you are uncomfortable.

You will hear me in discomfort, with some shame and guilt. I think that is part of the importance of having these conversations and doing this work. As Nova says, there is always something to explore in what comes up for us.

I hope you enjoy the episode. Please let me know what you think.

As always, we continue the conversation over on Instagram, so come and join us there.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

Nova on Instagram

Conversations with Nova Reid Podcast

Anti-racism course

Debut Book, The Good Ally

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ABOUT NOVA

Nova Reid is an Activist, TED speaker and author, with a mission to improve racial justice by helping people be the change they want to see by courageously unlearning their racism. Nova uses her professional background in mental wellbeing to encourage meaningful change from the inside out. Nova regularly appears on BBC News, Sky News and BBC Radio as a media expert and in 2018 was invited to attend the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to provide expert media commentary on race. Her new book is the Good Ally.

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