(Episode 11) In an attempt to understand the complexity and controversy of something called Critical Race Theory (CRT), Joey sat down with his buddy Dax-Devlon Ross to hear what he had to say. They talked a bit about his personal story as a black man, his time in law school, the reasons he wrote his remarkable book, Letters To My White Male Friends, and why he chose a career in the field of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. During some of their dialogue you’ll hear Joey laugh when it seems a bit inappropriate…probably due to the absurdity of the ever present racism woven into our culture. Joey's gobsmacked about what he has learned over the past few years, and his chat with Dax is only scratching the surface.
“Diversity is the one I think that most people are uncomfortable with and have illiteracy on. Diversity means representation. It means, who’s in the room?...Diversity doesn’t ask you to make any structural changes to the way you do things. Diversity is how you get people in the door, inclusion is how you keep them there.”
In this Episode:
Representation in the marketing industry
Differences of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)
Exploitation of the black consumer base
Biased opinion of “exceptionality” versus “normal”
Woke updates and whitewashing vernacular
Bret Weinstein and ideological dangers
Contempt for black people and how it’s rooted in racist history
Moving beyond constructs and understanding opposing views
About Dax-Devlon Ross:
Dax-Devlon Ross has led a career as an educator, non-profit executive, equity consultant and journalist with a focus on social justice. After receiving his Juris Doctorate from George Washington University, he joined New York City Teaching Fellows where he taught in middle and high schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan. He later helped lead the national training and replication team at the Posse Foundation, one of the country’s foremost college access organizations. During his tenure at Bank Street College of Education, he managed the school’s partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service.
As the founding Executive Director of After-School All-Stars New York and New Jersey, Dax built, from scratch, a team of 60 full and part-time program, development and operations staff serving more than 1,500 students across two states. Thereafter he served the organization as its inaugural northeast regional executive director, managing five chapter executive directors, while overseeing regional growth strategy, partnership development and management, donor stewardship, board governance and chapter operations.
For over a decade, Dax’s social justice consulting practice has focused on developing disruptive strategies to generate equity in workplaces and education spaces alike. Dax’s clients have included: The Anti-Defamation League, The New World Foundation, The Posse Foundation, Fund II Foundation, Bard College, Kean University and more.
Dax is the author of five books and his journalism has been featured in Time, The New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review and other national publications. He was the winner of the National Association of Black Journalists’ Investigative Reporting Award for his coverage of jury exclusion in North Carolina courts. He is currently an investigative reporting fellow at Type Media Center, an alumnus of Coro Leadership New York and a member of NationSwell Council.