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As an award-winning journalist and commentator for CNN, NBC News, and USA Today on race, culture, and gender, Ernest Owens is intimately familiar with the power dynamics of privilege. Before we are ready to spend our social capital to uplift the disenfranchised, he invites us to wonder: what if reckoning with our privilege is simply the work of being human?

Ernest Owens still hears his grandma’s voice in his ear. “It was the vision of my grandmother and the people I grew up under,” Owens remembers, “from the civil rights era where they had to speak up. They didn’t have college degrees or money, but they recognized when something was wrong they had to say something. That has carried me through my life: this moral obligation that you have to say something and that you can’t be sitting idly by.”

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