Planning While Black is excellent podcast episode of Talking Headways where Tamika Butler was speaking at the NACTO conference in Seattle. It did have urban design as the launching point, but it quickly morphed into a much more important discussion about how race (and gender/sexual identification) impacts everything around us – including urban design. The privilege I have in not seeing life through a lens of race means that I have to work even harder to not be a perpetrator of systemic racism. For me, keeping focus on racism as a real part of everyday life mean less assumptions and more time listening.
Podcasts are a great way of forcing yourself to listen. I mean, you could talk back, but that would be weird. This episode is especially a good one. She does a great job of telling her story, and also talking about why biking is important.
Here is a link to the podcast: