Welcome to Day 1 of the Racial Justice Challenge.
Today, we begin a conversation about racial justice. We will learn about some of the issues that contribute to racial inequity and consider why it can be hard to talk about race. As Emmanuel Acho notes, "“[I]f you want to know how you can help, how you can stand with us, how you can stand with me, you must first educate yourself so you know exactly what you’re standing for and why you’re standing," from Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.
1. Let's Get Started.
Then, consider ways that your worldview may be white-centered. Note that white centering is not just a white person phenomenon - Layla Saad writes about her own white centering as a black woman in I built a white feminist temple. And now I'm tearing it down. (5-10 minutes)
NOTE: This challenge originally took place August 3-7, 2020. Comments are now disabled, but please reflect on the questions in the board and scroll through participants' responses.
2. Understand Why it's Hard to Talk About Race
3. Actions You Can Take Today
"We each bring our own beliefs, experiences, and feelings to our anti-racist work – a work that is difficult and demanding. Our ongoing commitment to actively think about and take action against racism, combined with a sense of urgency and deep caring, adds pressure and stress to our daily lives. The emotional impact of this work is real, therefore it is vital that we all practice “self-care” to benefit our overall health and quality of life."
4. BONUS Actions
You have completed Day 1 of the Racial Justice Challenge! Keep what you learned today in mind as we move into tomorrow's topic, How to be Antiracist, not "Not Racist." See you soon!
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