Just Talk! Educational Equity Podcast

Episode 10 Notes: What Do You Know? A Social Justice Glossary

August 16, 2019

Social justice jargon doesn't have to be a guessing game anymore. Host Tony Neal and co-host Deborah Bohlmann discuss some of the most commonly used terms in social justice conversation, offering context and examples. Clearer communication brings deeper understanding and greater confidence when we have those courageous conversations with our colleagues and in our classrooms. Terms we discuss include:

  • impact vs. intent
  • ally/accomplice
  • internalized racism/internalized oppression
  • white privilege/privilege deniers
  • racism vis a' vis classism
  • race as a social construct
  • Oppression Olympics
  • implicit bias
  • colorblind vs. color brave
  • white savior complex

Episode produced and directed by Deborah Bohlmann. Engineering, music, and creative support by Alvin Zamudio.

Youth Voice: "White Boy Privilege" by Royce Mann, who was an eighth-grader in the Atlanta area when this recording was made in 2016.

Icebreaker: Where in the world have you shown up as being amazing and awesome? (You can hear in this episode that Tony surprises me with these icebreakers! Although I, Deborah, generate our scripts and flesh out the outline for our show, Tony brings the head and the heart work that makes him a great host.)


  • Teaching Tolerance magazine. Tony mentions catching up on his backlog of issues. Everything they publish is worth reading. They also have great classroom resources, curriculum planning frameworks, and professional development such as webinars.
  • The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. "The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opened to the public on April 26, 2018, is the nation's first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence." Located in Montgomery, Alabama. 

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