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Seattle Central College president: 'Anger has a lot of information in it'

Seattle Central College president Sheila Edwards Lange leads a tour of the college's buildings on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. Seattle Central is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
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Seattle Central College President Sheila Edwards Lange on campus in 2016.

Last week, as protests began to unfold following the death of George Floyd, the president of Seattle Central College sent out a tweet.

Dr. Sheila Edwards Lange did find the words. In a message to her campus community, she talked about her anger as a Black woman … and the anger other Black people feel … and how many want to discount it. And, she wrote, “anger has a lot of information in it.”

“Being angry is just the first step,” she told KNKX. “How do you leverage that energy to do something different in the world?

“We need white America to step up and to educate themselves about what is going on, and why there is such rage and anger in the African American community,” she said. “One of my friends said we need more than white allies, we need white co-conspirators — people who put their bodies on the line the way Black lives have been on the line for hundreds of years."

She talked about that with KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco. (Listen to the conversation above.)

Ed Ronco came to KNKX in October 2013 as producer and reporter for KNKX’s Morning Edition. Ed started in public radio in 2009 at KCAW in Sitka, Alaska, where he covered everything from city government, to education, crime, science, the arts and more. Prior to public radio, Ed worked in newspapers, including four years at the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, where he covered business, then politics and government.
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