Reconciliation Replay (August 1, 2013)

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EXAMINE the powerful effects of nonconscious stereotyping: “The Power of Bias” by Robyn Afrik

“While the majority of the participants laughed at how easily they were able to connect their stereotypes to the word cards, they also became equally embarrassed. As we unpacked this exercise a bit further, it became apparent that this stereotyping as innocent as it may have been in the moment, can actually lead to some trouble in real life very quickly...Read more

KEEP LISTENING and LEARNING: “What Whites Could Learn from the Black Community’s Response to the Zimmerman Verdict” by Dorothy Greco

“As you listen to your black friend, if you even just begin to see the dilemma from a new perspective, thank your black brother or sister for teaching you something that has been outside of your experience and domain. And if you sense that you too have perpetuated the system of not sharing power, of not seeing them as an equal image bearer of God, admit it and ask for forgiveness. Then go and repeat the entire process of initiating and engaging in conversation on this topic about a hundred times...Read more

THINK about privilege and birth order: “Oldest Siblings and the Problem of Privilege” by Kathy Tuan-Maclean

“I went from being the oldest sibling in my family to marrying a youngest sibling.  Turns out when you’re the spouse of the least powerful person in the family, you not only join him in powerlessness, you’re a step or three lower.  Going from the top of the pecking order to the bottom has been a real treat. Not…Read More

DECONSTRUCT Race: “Race as a Social Construct” by Sarah Quezada

“Once, when I was teaching my Sociology 101 class, I had the most perfect moment occur. A student raised his hand. He had a tanned complexion and sandy brown-blonde hair, but basically looked the same as many of the guys in this predominately white classroom. ‘Well,’ he told the class. ‘My dad is Egyptian, so I guess technically I’m African American.’…Read more

CONSIDER this perspective: “‘Don’t Be Talkin’ About My Mama’: The Black Family in Politically Conservative Discourse" by Thabiti Anyabwile

“Essentially, both conservative hosts pinned all the problems of African America on the breakdown of the Black family. In a pretty typical conservative point of view, they emphasized personal responsibility in things like sexual behavior, marriage, and so on. That, we’re told, is really the problem in the African-American community. And both guests wonder, ‘Why isn’t anyone talking about that?’ Civil Rights leaders are castigated for ignoring the real problems and instead bottom-feeding on the country’s ‘racial’ weaknesses. They’re presented as opportunists of the worst sort, unable or unwilling to face ‘the truth.’…Read more