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Tracy K. Smith and Michael Kleber-Diggs — ‘History is upon us... its hand against our back.’

On Being with Krista Tippett

27 May 2021

50mins

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1 quote, 3 ideas & 1 question from each episode

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Tracy K. Smith and Michael Kleber-Diggs — ‘History is upon us... its hand against our back.’

27 May 2021

50mins

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Quote

"Being born Black in an anti-Black country is like being handed a stone at birth, an object you have to carry and can never throw."

Ideas

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The more stereotyped the people around you view you, the harder it is to be fully yourself.
A common guidance for Black children from their parents was to conduct themselves in a particular way, dress a particular way, act a particular way, and you'll be received in a particular way. If you dress and speak and act in a "proper" way, people will see your humanity.

Those that are privileged enough to not be stereotyped, can have more freedom in how they express themselves. And those that judge others through stereotypes, should open up to not judging a book by it's cover.

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The more stereotyped the people around you view you, the harder it is to be fully yourself.
A common guidance for Black children from their parents was to conduct themselves in a particular way, dress a particular way, act a particular way, and you'll be received in a particular way. If you dress and speak and act in a "proper" way, people will see your humanity.

Those that are privileged enough to not be stereotyped, can have more freedom in how they express themselves. And those that judge others through stereotypes, should open up to not judging a book by it's cover.

2

We can view the responsibilities we have, both as a burden, but also a privilege.
Every generation has problems of their own.

But realizing that the problems that we're facing today, are more often than not, significantly easier or better than the problems faced by those that came before us, should humble us.

And understanding that these problems are only lesser today than previously, because of the sacrifices of those that came before us, should make us be grateful, even of the problems that we face today.

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We can view the responsibilities we have, both as a burden, but also a privilege.
Every generation has problems of their own.

But realizing that the problems that we're facing today, are more often than not, significantly easier or better than the problems faced by those that came before us, should humble us.

And understanding that these problems are only lesser today than previously, because of the sacrifices of those that came before us, should make us be grateful, even of the problems that we face today.

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We have to multitask and simultaneously connect with the greater world and history that spans across time as well as be present in the now.
We're often either too focused on what's directly in front of us and we miss part of the bigger picture, of history, and the greater world outside of our own lives.

But we also need to make sure that our understanding of the bigger picture assists us in our own present life.

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We have to multitask and simultaneously connect with the greater world and history that spans across time as well as be present in the now.
We're often either too focused on what's directly in front of us and we miss part of the bigger picture, of history, and the greater world outside of our own lives.

But we also need to make sure that our understanding of the bigger picture assists us in our own present life.

Questions

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Can you think of responsibilities & problems that you should feel privileged to have?

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Can you think of responsibilities & problems that you should feel privileged to have?

What else is in the episode

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The importance of learning about history

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The importance of learning about history

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Multiple poems on race and the pandemic

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Multiple poems on race and the pandemic

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What it means to be black

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What it means to be black

Who is Tracy K. Smith?

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A professor of creative writing at Princeton University and writer of multiple poems on interplanetary travels, racial issues and more. Michael Kleber-Diggs teaches creative writing through the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. His debut poem collection, Worldly Things covers topics around community.

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A professor of creative writing at Princeton University and writer of multiple poems on interplanetary travels, racial issues and more. Michael Kleber-Diggs teaches creative writing through the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. His debut poem collection, Worldly Things covers topics around community.

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