PNW Racial Reconciliation Resources
In August of 2016 the PNW Racial Righteousness Cohort presented at our Annual Youth Worker Retreat. The topic was “Talking with Teens about Race.” It was a fantastic time of learning and growth. Below are some resources that were shared at the retreat along with additional resources compiled since then. This list will grow through time.
Guidelines and Framework for Conversation:
- There is inherent worth and value in all people.
- We are talking about people, not “politics.”
- Listen for and identify the real emotions behind the words.
- Stereotypes and generalizations can be barriers to progress.
- The conversation is only as valuable as our willingness to push through the tension and ask, “tell me more.”
- Keep the conversation going throughout the weekend and back home.
- If someone shares an idea or question that helps your own learning, say “thank you.”
- Put-downs are never okay.
- Listen to understand what someone else is saying before rushing to judgment.
- Make comments using “I” statements.
- If you don’t understand something, ask a question.
- Share the talking time—provide room for others to speak.
- If someone says something that hurts or offends you, do not attack the person. Acknowledge that the comment—not
- the person—hurt your feelings and explain why.
The purpose of this object lesson is to create engagement with your audience while addressing various topics for your discussion. Facilitators are able to customize their focus based on the chosen teaching points, but generally, this activity helps to create safe space to address issues of personal rejection and larger societal issues of race, bullying and stereotypes. [Click Here] for instructions.
- The House We Live In: https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=mW764dXEI_8 (redlining, housing, discrimination)
- Making Whiteness Visible: https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=8KYJl0PECv8&list= PL9jzhJhqkkJJPRQkekAU_ 9RG7urpAdLWF (white people talking about their journey, revelation of white privilege)
- The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg (Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.)
- Brene Brown on Empathy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw (a critical component of engaging in these conversations)
- Urbana 15 | Christena Cleveland: vimeo.com/150192946
- Urbana 15 | Michelle Higgins: https://vimeo.com/150226527
- Helping Teenagers Engage in Racial Reconciliation: http://covenantcompanion.com/2016/09/30/how-to-engage-teens-in-racial-reconciliation/ (A panel from September 30th, 2016 via Google Hangout sponsored by Covenant Companion and Youth Specialties)
- Faith and Race resource page at Quest: http://seattlequest.org/faithandrace/
- Aspen Institute on racial equity: They have research and resources for leadership including pdf’s and downloads. https://www.aspeninstitute.
org/publications/ten-lessons- taking-leadership-racial- equity/