Originally we hosted a series of conversations based on race called “Talking About Race” based on the materials from the National Museum of African American History”. We decided to add 4 additional conversations after that because having conversations about Race provides participants with the opportunity to learn about a topic, enhanced by the personal experiences and perceptions of the groups. This discussion series is based the conversations on a video or article related to the topic, followed by small group discussions.
For all these conversations, Kitty Gogins has curated the content and decided on the discussion questions. We are so fortunate to have Kitty to guide us in addition to her full-time job and her service on the Roseville School Board. Our heartfelt thanks go to Kitty. You can reach Kitty at https://kittygogins.com.
Microaggressions (Jan 2021)
The material will delve into how our racial history and biases are passed on to new generations and are reflected in our behavior.
White Supremacy (Feb 2021)
White supremacy is the belief that white people are superior to those of all other races, especially the black race, and should therefore dominate society. This iceberg chart illustrates the types of White Supremacy, with ‘Overt White Supremacy’ at the top of the iceberg being the very visible, extreme form. The overt form is generally not viewed as socially acceptable but is experiencing a resurgence in the past three years, driven in large part by the rise of the alt right. The chart also illustrates ‘Covert White Supremacy’, which is below the waterline, imbedded in our institutions, systems, and everyday practices. This form is not as readily visible, especially to those of us in the dominant race.