Interview with Carolyn B. Helsel – “Anxious to Talk About It” – Racism in America – The RavenCast


In this episode of the RavenCast, I talk with the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Helsel about her book Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully About Racism.

Carolyn is assistant professor of homiletics at Austin Presbyterian Seminary. She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and Emory University. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church and blogs at Carolyn is a frequent speaker at conferences and churches. You can watch the video of the conversation below.



Topics we discussed:

  1. How did you get interested in racism?
  2. Some claim that if we stop talking about racism it will go away. What do you think about that?
  3. Many white people are afraid of “black anger”? How can we deal with that anxiety?
  4. What are the ways that our culture teaches us racism?
  5. What is racial identity theory?
  6. Is there a connection between class and race?
  7. Why is it important to have a framework of gratitude in these conversations?

Find out about these topics and more in this important conversation!

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