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Ep. 16: All Black Lives Matter with Courtney Brame

Updated: Jun 29, 2020

Courtney Brame joins Ashley to talk about Black Lives Matter, person-first language, and aspects of allyship.

Episode Recap

Ashley is joined by Courtney Brame, founder of Something Positive for Positive People. Courtney shares his perspective as a self-identified "human with blackness" and Ashley notes some of the anti-racist resources that have been shared by anti-racist educators via social media.


  • “People first language has power, like saying ‘people with Blackness’” -Courtney

  • “It’s important for us not to take what one Black person says and apply it universally” -Courtney

  • “If I can’t protest, what can I do? Well, I can donate, I can raise awareness, I can offer a service for Black people. I will give you a free half hour of my time to support you, however that is most helpful.” -Ashley

  • “Being able to regularly integrate anti-racism or services into your activism, support, advocacy, is more important than how much volume you do right now” -Courtney

  • “Now that people are seeing Black lynchings on social media, there is a sense of global shock from people who aren’t Black.” -Courtney

  • “Injustice happens as a direct result of othering of coloring” -Courtney

  • “Anger gets us to a place where courage and action become a thing. You have to get mad in order for you to take a bold action and get involved with making these kinds of changes.” -Courtney

  • “It’s important that folks who have had white privilege their whole lives, get used to being uncomfortable and let that discomfort really spur you into action.” -Ashley

  • “The 13th Amendment was supposed to abolish slavery, but left a very convenient loophole that criminals can still be pressed into free labor.” -Ashley

  • “The media has not done its job as a genuine reflection of reality. It seems to distort reality in a way that it is literally telling people what and how to think.” -Courtney

  • “What I tell you as a Black person, does not universally apply to all Black people because my experiences with Blackness are not going to be the same as someone else’s.” -Courtney

  • “It’s important to be able to put the human first and then look at how your Whiteness may impact someone else’s Blackness.” -Courtney

About Courtney Brame:

"I received my positive genital HSV-2 (primarily genital herpes) in 2012 but who knows how long I had it before I saw my first symptoms. I don’t know how I got it and my recent sexual partners said they did not have herpes. For almost 5 years, I challenged what I thought about living with herpes to my experiences living with herpes. As I began to disclose to new partners and close friends, I realized what I thought was simply not true. It was through the support of friends and loved ones that I was empowered enough to begin dating. Having put myself out there, I came across many resources I wish I knew were available after my diagnosis. It’s challenging to begin disclosing out the gate when you haven’t made sense of what it now means for you and your body. Through connections I made, I entered a whole new world of support and found others in my area that I wouldn’t have otherwise been connected to. These resources are challenging to find and I just hope to make them a little bit easier come across."

To find and work with Courtney, check out: Something Positive for Positive People: SPFPP Podcast on all players and the site: Follow Courtney on Instagram and Twitter

Some anti-racism resources mentioned:

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