Meet Cindy Wilson: Korean & Transracial Black
Opening Statement: We are at a critical point in American history where the country is so divided on racial and political lines. At the time of this recording, there’s been a spate of targeted crimes against Asians in the US. I could not think of a better person to navigate this discussion with me today on the show. In her book, Too much soul, Ms. Cindy Wilson, the author challenges us to question the flawed concept of race and how, at the end of the day, what we are on the outside isn’t what binds us. It is, rather, our shared experiences navigating the complexities of the human condition that brings us together. Sounds familiar? Yes, it’s the very ethos of the show. Without further ado, please join me in welcoming Ms. Wilson to the show.
In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. One of his dreams was that his children “will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Though decades have passed, since this speech on that bright day in Washington DC, many people, including our guest who is a transracial adoptee of Asian origin, have suffered racial discrimination and sometimes assault solely based on what they look like.
Cindy Wilson is from Jackson, MS, where she graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology & Master’s in Counseling from Jackson State University and received her MBA from Belhaven College. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA as an author, international speaker, and social impact strategist. Cindy wrote her book “Too Much Soul” to share her unique story about being adopted by an African-American family from Seoul, Korea, and growing up in Jackson, MS. She hopes that her story will start conversations around race and culture and empower others to find the freedom to be their authentic selves.