Welcome to Bold Moves Podcast Episode 355 Brian Crooks. In light of current uprisings seeking justice for Black men in the US being murdered by police who are unpunished, I did not feel comfortable sharing the podcast episode I had set aside for today. It seemed callous and tone deaf to share the story of a vivacious White woman living her best life (though I look forward to it someday, when it’s more appropriate!). I also didn’t want to ask a Black person to be a resource and potentially open deep wounds for White people. Regardless, Brian offered to come on the podcast to share his story and his experiences with being a Black man in America. I think we can all agree during this time, that in itself is a bold move.
Today, Brian joins us to provide some insight and first-hand experience. I hope if you are wanting to learn more or understand the struggles that have been going on, then you’ll enjoy Bold Moves Podcast Episode 355 Brian Crooks!
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[Tweet “This pain is real and it’s generational.” – Brian Crooks via @MandieBrice”]
[Tweet “Many of them get into police work to make things better, but the problem is you get into a moment where you get scared.” -Brian Crooks via @MandieBrice”]
Brian has some great reads for anyone interested. The books he recommended* were:
“How To Be Black” by Baratunde Thurston, “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “My Vanishing Country” by Bakari Sellers, “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi, “Tears We Cannot Stop” by Michael Eric Dyson and “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King (which you can read for free), or listen to Dr. King read it himself here.
If you want to learn more about Brian, you can listen to his podcast on Apple, Spotify, or Anchor, and also this article about him that shares his viral facebook post.
I also thought I’d link you to that previous post I mentioned about how to be a good advocate (with all the other resources).
During this time, if you want to support something, here are a few great charities that could use your support.
I hope you enjoyed this episode, though different it felt like the right time, and an important voice to make sure was heard! I am going to be prioritizing Black voices until change comes for our country. If you or someone else you know is Black and willing to share their bold moves, please fill out the form here, and I will get back to you to schedule our interview.
*Let’s activate some serotonin! Clicking on these links gives you the same Amazon price and experience you’d expect, but also gives me a little commission for making the recommendation. I appreciate it!