"Are you starting to feel more prepared and confident to engage in conversations about race? What do you think about some of the PDF handouts? What thoughts did you have while watching the videos focusing on how to engage others? Share your thoughts with other participants."
I am feeling more prepared and confident to engage in conversations about race. I have some anxiety about the inevitable confrontations that will happen, but I know that is part of the discomfort I'll have to move through. I know it's important to "meet people where they are," so I'm aware this can guide discussion and education in constructive ways. I will be guided by the videos shown that emphasize listening to stories, sharing of experiences and joining them. The handouts are helpful as benchmarks or concrete ways to be anti-racist. The white privilege handout by Peggy McIntosh really helped give new insight into framing white privilege in relatable ways especially the list of daily effects or conditions white people take for granted. A great article. The "what racism looks like" handout makes real what are unseen, systemic issues, and ones that have been in place for generations.