Sep 10 2021


2:35 pm - 3:55 pm

Fifth Session

Materials for Session 5 – Friday, September 10, 2:35-3:55pm
Read How to be An AntiracistChapters 4, 5, 9, 10, 11Color, Biology, Ethnicity, Black, White
Additional material for individual introspection sectionChoose one or more of the 3 following resources to review.Fighting racism isn’t a discrete event, it’s an ongoing process— watch this 12-minute talk by Jay Smooth, who compares it to the daily practice of dental hygiene. Hosted on TedX YouTube, has captions, uploaded on 11/15/11
Dr. Camara Jones: Allegories on race and racism 20 minute video of a TedX talk on Youtube posted on 7/10/14. Dr. Jones goes through a handful of allegories that help illustrate various aspects of race and racism.
8 People in Black History Who Taught Me About Colorism: available in both a blog post or a video format, this resource by Sarah L Webb was published on 2/10/20, and reviews 8 historical figures who taught about colorism.
Pre-session activity for individual introspection sectionReflect and write about the following prompts:
1) Identifying your Anti-Racist Mentor(s)/Wymtor(s): Who do you most look up to on race? What are their views? Why have you been drawn to those views? Would you categorize those views as antiracist or racist, based on the definitions on page 19? Add the name(s) of these folks to the padlet.1) Please add your thoughts and the name of your Anti-Racist Mentor/Wymtor to this padlet before the start of the fifth session on September 10.
2) Why is it important to acknowledge and affirm the harm colorism and anti-blackness causes when it comes to the humanity and liberation of racialized identities?2) Please add your thoughts to the second question to this padlet before the start of the fifth session on September 10.
Additional material for collective accountability – please choose one to review/viewChoose one or more of the 4 following resources to review.Jane Elliott Blue eyes/brown eyes experiment: a short article hosted on KQED (news site) and written by Rachel Martin, Emma Bowman, Simone Popperl, and Avery Keatley and published on 7/8/20. It briefly reviews Jane Elliott’s “brown eyes/blue eyes” exercise she conducted with her 3rd grade class in 1968, and connects it to current events.
Dr Camara Jones: the Gardener’s Tale video (youtube, captioned, 20 minutes long, this is an interview with Dr Camara Jones about racism in healthcare and health equity, and reviews the gardeners tale allegory) and original article : This 4-page article was published by the American Journal of Public Health in August 2000 and was written by Camara Phyllis Jones. She “presents a theoretic framework for understanding racism on 3 levels: institutionalized, personally mediated, and internalized.”
Inside the Fight to Reform The Senate Filibuster: This radio interview was hosted by Dorey Scheimer and Meghna Chakrabarti and published on NPR on 3/10/21. Guests include Adam Jentleson, Rich Arenberg, Jack Beatty, and Dan Holt. The interview is 47 minutes long and reviews what a filibuster is, how it is currently being used in the Senate, and the fight to remove the filibuster option.
How to Restore and Strengthen the Voting Rights Act: This Q&A article between Myrna Perez and Tim Lau is hosted on the Brennan Center for Justice website and was published on 1/28/21. It reviews the Voting Rights Act of 1965, why it is important, how it was weakened in 2013, what that means today, and the push for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore and strengthen the protections of the VRA.
In-session activity for collective accountabilityWriting Exercise: Recall a recent (within the last 6 months) racial injustice in society/at your organization that affected you- made you sad or angry or prompted you to take action.We will do this writing exercise during the session, so there is no padlet to complete beforehand. Feel free to start thinking about this now and we will share during the session.