Caroline Randall Williams challenges us to look inward and invite the discomfort that comes with being inclusive. If it’s not painful, then you aren’t fighting hard enough.
As someone who has been southern in northern spaces, is black in mostly white spaces, and is a woman in a patriarchal space, Caroline Randall Williams has the peculiar luxury of representing “otherness” in multiple ways and is unusually well-equipped to judge inclusiveness. Caroline evaluates a system’s inclusiveness by the answers to the questions: Do I feel included? Do I have to do the work to make myself feel included - or is somebody else welcoming me, hearing me, and seeing me? Caroline sheds light on the fact that it can not be that historically “other” people are solely responsible for their sense of welcome at the table. If you want to truly be inclusive, you have to get uncomfortable and self-examine. Otherwise, you’re not doing it. And, being inclusive doesn’t just require a new answer to an old question; it requires an apology for the old approach.