Posted by: beattieblog | November 3, 2007

Poverty, Power, Privilege panel discussion

After having been able to help coordinate and attend the annual “Off the Map” conference the last two years in Seattle (and D.C.), I wasn’t able to make it this year. But Kristi was kind enough on a Friday night to watch the kids and let me slip over to the “Poverty, Power and Privilege” panel discussion. I thought it was very good – just barely scratched the surface on some pretty major topics. But it was an impressive group on stage: Brian McLaren, Richard Twiss, an African-American woman namded Sedell Bradley and then Claudio Oliver from Brazil. My buddy Rose Swetman, pastor of the host Vineyard Community Church, facilitated. Each person up there really offered up powerful insights and could have carried the discussion by themselves for twice as long. I realize that in my life I have invested time both relationally and academically in understanding race and ethnicity regarding African-Americans, Latinos and Asian-Americans. But I know very little about the reality of modern-day life for native folk in both the United States and around the world.



  1. Beattie-san,

    If you are interested, you should talk to the EchoHawks about it. They’ve become quite active in some of the Seattle Native scene and have a strong understanding of some historical implications on Indians today. plus you are a favorite whitey.

  2. Good call – I told Colleen she should start a little business endorsing whiteys – she could sell them like indulgences. 🙂

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