Slavery has long been since engrained in building our country. While many of us acknowledge the atrocity of slavery, we believe it had little to do with us in the present day. However, we had effects of slavery plastered all over television. We saw the struggles that black and brown communities face being played out time and again. The reality of systemic racism is far from over in our country.
Katara helps us define systemic racism; where we touch on how we, as individuals, can work to dismantle it, and the power that comes with being open to learning. As we wrap up, we touch on the wellness space and how, through its whiteness, it excludes and can even harm marginalized communities. Taking apart systemic racism is not easy, and we might feel as though we have no part to play. Our actions do not have to be perfect. However, if we approach change with vulnerability and humility, we can make a difference.
Katara McCarty has made it her life’s mission to reach out to black, indigenous, women of color through her speaking, writing, and philanthropic work. 2020 gave her the fuel to redirect her focus, bringing mindfulness techniques to Black and brown communities through her app, EXHALE.