My favorite podcast (which gets 1,000,000 hits a month but who is counting, ha) is going to use my wording and feedback for their next Fanmail Friday show. 🙂 They wanted me to actually come on the show because my voice is “perfect for the air”, (its actually really quite good for the somber rooms of hospice chaplaincy which require peace and stillness), but the timing is shitty because essentially I am out of the state and city off and on for the next three months traveling for work and UU related engagements…alas…just my written word will hit the airwaves but as an aside, its a really important point about social justice. While recovering for surgery I was like what can I do to help the world more with the finite about of time I have leftover in the day? Covering two districts and preparing for ordination means little to no time left for the other important physical work of making the world a better place. I have tried a number of things without a lot of progress but I have stayed the course and kept working on this issue of abundant need to help and not enough time thing. I also know I am not alone in this search so I kept going for the good of my collegues also in this position, currently. And then I heard the host of said podcast say somehting awful about a traditionally marginalized community…and I thought…I can just write this dude. If he does something about the email and receives feedback, cool. If not, well, so what, no harm no foul. So I wrote in his own language so when wading through the emails it might catch his eye, and it did, and he read it. He reached out to me. We talked about it. And he is going to address the faux pas this Friday. I will be in UU History class with my mentor when the show airs – but going back to my dorm will be abnormally exciting.
This is going to be my new method for now. I am going to follow the numbers instead of meeting on city blocks with 20 other people, making signs, yelling until I am hoarse – and hoping something with change (don’t get me wrong, scrappy and straight up raw activism has its place)…I’ve been there and done that and I really believe in that work. But it is not mine. It works for me for only so long. Anyway, so I had this lightbulb moment…if mainstream social media and media in general dictate the culture(s) of America – I should go there. And go there often.
This podcast has a sibling podcast with 2.6 million subscribers and the host is passing off my email to them because they have a few gaps in education and understanding as well. I am going to keep doing this. If I can affect 1,000,000 people with one email, from a host who is sensistive to my cause, I can systematically do this with even more popular shows, right? I could get good at this and learn how to do this better and essentially keep going and see what happens.
I used to do my own education and my own public speaking and that really wore me out and I don’t think I could ever host anything again, but talking to the voices that America loves, behind the scenes and occasionally not so much, that is more my thing.
And its likely that people will disagree or have varying opinions and I welcome that because this is precisely I can land an actual spot in a show. A show with more than 200 people listening. And more than likely, 200 of the wrong people that are already working on x,y,z movement not the ones that are totally oblivious or without care. It’s kind of like how anti-racist worshops always feature whites who are in big and small ways are fighting oppression daily…not the whites who are actually doing the most damage…those are the ones that really need to be present and they are always absent because they are unaware of a problem. Anyway, its worth a shot.