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Beyond J podcast: 'I'm a Recovering Racist'

Andru Defeye, Sacramento's Poet Laureate, shares insights about his journey to antiracism. (Sacramento State/Jessica Vernone)

During Sac State's Antiracism and Inclusion Convocation in February, Sacramento Poet Laureate Andru Defeye read a poem he wrote, a piece that included the author's declaration that "I'm a recovering racist," startling on its own, and even more notable considering the forum in which it was delivered.

That admission blindsided Beyond J host Phillip Altstatt and inspired this episode of Beyond J, a conversation about prejudice and racism, systemic power and control, privilege, and equity. The dialogue reveals uncomfortable truths but ultimately is about hope.

Defeye shares his journey to becoming an antiracist and offers solutions — starting with acknowledging and owning systemic truths and using the power of love to heal and create meaningful change.

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About Phillip Altstatt

Phillip Altstatt is a Sac State alum and host of the Beyond J podcast. Phillip has his B.A. and M.A. in studio art and his work has been featured in the Sac State Magazine and the SACRAMENTO mural on the campus at Sac State.