Speaker – Travis Jones

About Travis Jones…

Travis is an educator, writer, speaker and consultant with too many interests for his own good. But he mostly focuses on the areas of leadership, organizational culture, cultural competency, diversity and inclusion, racial justice and all the other “isms” that impede human flourishing. His writing has been published in both academic and industry publications. He was well on his way to small views of people and the world but reading and travel changed his life. Experiencing transformations in his own life is what gives him hope that change in the world is possible. He has traveled all over the world, but home will always be Charlotte. He is a proud but bitter Southerner—wrestling with the region that made him and fighting for what it might become. He feels most whole doing fulfilling work, but likes to escape from the world through books, hiking, or a good day-party. He was voted class clown for as long as he can remember but then he went on to finish two Master’s degrees and half a PhD—jokes on you (or still me, if you consider student loans?).

 

Learn more about Travis’ Talk…

Title: Bad White People
Description: Since at least the Civil Rights Era, the culture of Whiteness has been marked by a kind of silent seriousness, shame or seclusion when it comes to issues of race and racism. The moral choice to become “Good White People” (or non-racists) has come at the deadly costs of colorblind racism. If we want a more free and just world, we must embrace Angela Davis’ words: “in a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.” Drawing on moral psychology and sociology, my talk will explore how we move beyond being “Good White People” (or non-racist) to being Bad White People (anti-racists) in fighting for the freedom of ourselves and others. 
What do you want people to learn from your talk? want people to have a deeper understanding of the way Whiteness, as an ideology, works in the world; and then to be inspired by the moral vision of being Bad White People.
What action items do you want people to take away from your talk? Finding big and small ways to be good-trouble-makers in the fight for racial justice.

 

Learn more about Travis…

Where is your hometown? Charlotte, NC
What are your hobbies? Reading, hiking, globetrotting, riding my bike and playing and watching basketball

What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about learning and thinking through big ideas—especially the ones that get us to a more loving, just, and peaceful world.

What is the best compliment you’ve received? “You look like Channing Tatum” (granted this was from a student pleading for a higher grade…but still)

What do you want to be remembered for? Being courageous
How do you push the boundaries? By challenging the small boundaries the world draws around people and ideas
What does your happy place look like? Reading a book in the hammock in my backyard
What is one thing that you’d like to share that is not commonly known about you? I used to have a mullet

 

Thoughts on Charlotte

What part of town do you live in? Plaza Midwood
What draws you to Charlotte? It’s home. But also its everything beautiful and messy that I love about the New South 

Where do you see Charlotte in 5 years? Still wrestling with the worst of where we’ve been but striving for what we might become

 

Our most important question…

What animal will most likely be our future overlords? Cockroaches?