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?
I actively want to have conversations about race. What I find confusing is the message conveyed, all of which are part of my story.
It is not the responsibility of POC to teach white people about racism. My experience:
I already shared this one but it fits here also, faculty member suggests that I may be in the wrong class, it is a Black History Course.
Faculty member thanks me for not enrolling in the newly developed Women's Studies Course as she feared my presence would have overshadowed the female students since I would have been the only male.
If I am to find opportunities to better educate myself, which I agree it is not the role of a POC to teach me or anyone else, about the maladapted social constructs of white dominate society, how is that supposed to occur when the two examples above are the experiences?
I really liked Jay Smooth's analogy that learned social constructs are like showering or dental hygiene, they must be a daily habit. What I can offer society is a White male with privilege that will follow the following: Suspend judgment, Assume I do not understand to learn more in-depth about someones story, Shift my frame of reference, and Develop multiple interpretations (all of which comes from intercultural.org)