Talking About Race

Posted on October 28th, 2020 by lbrown
Today’s resources center around engaging in meaningful conversations about race.  Did you know that 64% of Black adults say their family talked to them regularly about challenges related to race while 90% of white adults said they rarely had these conversations?  Also, be sure to check out the PBS Let’s Talk series which addresses the best ways to talk to kids about race.

 

DAY 4: TALKING ABOUT RACE
How often does a conversation about race turn a room silent, or create divisions among friends, family, and colleagues? Why does this happen?
Many people think that talking about race is “taboo” or have been taught to avoid the topic all together. Others may shy away due to lack of experience or ability to articulate their feelings on the topic. Whatever the reason, taking this Challenge may help to build the skills to participate in conversations about race to help move our community forward.
Here’s How You Get Started
First, ask yourself if you are comfortable engaging in a conversation about race with those who are the same race as you. Now, how about a conversation about race with someone who is a different race? Either situation may feel uncomfortable, especially if you haven’t been exposed to this type of dialogue or are not sure how to start. Maybe you’re worried about “saying the wrong thing”, causing harm, or creating a rift in a relationship.
If this is you, you’re not alone. Check out the resources below for helpful tips and supportive examples to improve conversations about race.
DID YOU KNOW…
64% of Black adults said that their family talked to them about challenges related to race while they were growing up (32% said that this conversation happened often).
90% of white adults said that their families rarely had these types of conversations.
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Questions to Consider for Self-Reflection:
  • How often have you been in social settings where the majority of individuals have been of a different race or ethnicity?
  • When you hear people in your circles making biased comments, do you speak up?
Ways to Get Involved:
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The Meaning of Privilege

Posted on October 27th, 2020 by lbrown
Here is Day 3 of the 21 Day Equity Challenge!  The “What is Privilege” video is a simple and concrete metaphor that can spark conversation with students and colleagues.  For a deeper exploration of privilege, check out the personal privilege profile.

 

DAY 3: The Meaning of Privilege
It’s time to talk privilege. The idea of privilege can be divisive, but at the core it means a built-in advantage, immunity, or benefit that a person or group enjoys beyond what others have access to or experience. Most everyone can identify at least one privilege that they hold; examples may include ability status, education level, wealth, gender identity, job status, marital status, the community that you live in, and more.
There are different levels and layers of privilege in our society. The experiments in the following videos show how people identify their privileges and how each privilege interacts to create levels of “status” that move some people ahead and keep others behind.
Consider the self-reflection questions and activities to identify ways that you could use your privilege to promote racial equity and justice in our community.
Option 1: Watch this “What is Privilege” video
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Questions to Consider for Self-Reflection:
  • What did you notice about your personal reactions while reading and viewing today’s material? What do these reactions tell you about your experiences?
  • Looking at the community where you grew up or where you are currently living, what do you notice about how privilege and marginalization have shaped the community and your opportunities?
Ways to Get Involved:
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Exploring Bias

Posted on October 26th, 2020 by lbrown
Welcome to day 2 of the 21-Day Equity challenge.  Make sure to check out the Cultural competence self-assessment checklist and listen as John A. Powell asks us to become more aware of our bias.
DAY 2: EXPLORING BIAS
Today we’re starting by looking inside, because we know that is where change starts. Knowing more about ourselves makes it possible to learn, grow, explore, and act.
What does race mean to you? More specifically, what does YOUR race mean to you? While many people are intimately aware of their racial identity, others may still be learning about what racial identity means for themselves and their perceived place in society.
On Day 1 we talked about race as a social construct. (Remember, you can always check back at www.ROCEquityChallenge.org for previous Challenge info.) Let’s take another look at how racial identity is shaped by society in the article below.
When we know more about ourselves, we can be more aware of others and open to their experiences. Learning about our own implicit biases—the positive and negative attitudes, stereotypes, and feelings we have about people and groups that are different than ourselves—is an important part of this Challenge.
Often the biases that we hold, even those that are unconscious, may cause us to act in ways that are offensive and discriminatory to others. Exploring our own implicit bias is key to moving toward equity. Check out the video below, and consider the self-reflection and action steps to move forward.
Option 1: Read Race and Racial Identity Are Social Constructs by Angela Onwuachi-Willig
Option 2: Watch one minute video “We All Have Bias” with john a. powell
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Questions to Consider for Self-Reflection:
  • What messages did you learn about race from your family, school, or friends?
  • How might awareness of your implicit bias affect your future actions and decisions?
Ways to Get Involved:
Share What You Learned:
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