Episode 84: Clapping Back with Elijah Lawal
This week’s guest is passionate about debunking stereotypes.
At a young age, Elijah wrote short stories about Nigerian myths and legends and sold them to his classmates for £1. Today, he’s a published author of, The Clapback, a definitive guide to addressing negative stereotypes about the black community. From swimming and fried chicken to privilege and allyship, he discusses his opinions and learnings from his in-depth research.
A few highlights:
- 03:05: The surprising answer to the simple question, “Where are you from?”.
- 5:18: A revelation about the origins of a common stereotype.
- 07:13: Why using humor when tackling tough topics like racism is important when educating.
- 10:20: How privilege is vital to acknowledge because of the multifaceted society we live in.
- 25:05: Why being an ally isn’t just about being a feminist or a supporter. It’s about campaigning, donating, or creating opportunities so that change can occur.
Links from this episode:
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