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Redlining & White Noise Part 14 | Complicity, Culpability, and Responsibility with Dain and Constance Perry

About this episode

Through the award-winning film, Traces of the Trade, which documents a family’s journey into the slave trading secrets of its past, Dain and Constance Perry have facilitated conversations with thousands of people across the country about racial reconciliation in America. Dain is a direct descendant of James DeWolf, patriarch of America’s foremost slave trading enterprise, and at the time of his death, the second wealthiest person in America. In this moving episode of Redlining & White Noise, we talk with the Perrys about family history, get their lived wisdom about Complicity, Culpability, and Responsibility, and hear their thoughts on what’s necessary to heal the ongoing wound of America’s original sin.

About Dain and Constance Perry

Dain Perry grew up in Charleston, SC. He and his wife Constance travel the country screening Traces of the Trade and facilitating conversations on racial reconciliation. Dain served 30 years in the financial services industry in Boston. Previously he served as deputy director of the Massachusetts Council on Crime and Correction and Acting Director of the Crime and Justice Foundation, non-profit organizations which promoted reform in the criminal justice system.

Constance Perry grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. For more than twenty years, she managed, designed and implemented programs for at-risk youth and adults at the municipal, state and national level. Constance was a self-employed national consultant for twelve years specializing in training, facilitation and on-site consultation services to community organizations. She and her husband Dain travel the country screening Traces of the Trade and facilitating conversations on racial reconciliation.

Hosting a Traces of the Trade film discussion

If interested in having Dain and Constance facilitate a viewing and discussion about Traces of the Trade in your community, send your request through the reclaimed podcast contact link. 

Resources mentioned in this episode

Traces of the Trade film

Recommended Reading

Waking Up White by Debbie Irving

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Story of Enduring Injury and Healing by Joy DeGruy

Inheriting the Trade by Thomas DeWolf

Sean Archibong