Challenging Racism: Learning How through Stories and Conversations

Date: 
March 27, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Location: 
Room 205

Americans are talking about race in a new way... but it is not always easy. To help, Arlington Public Schools (APS) has been sponsoring yearlong Challenging Racism: Learning How workshops for parents since 2004. The workshops provide a parallel experience to the teacher/staff Conversations About Race and Equity (part of the APS effort to close the achievement gaps). Through reading, stories, activities and conversation, participants learn to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. These conversations encourage a basic understanding of racism, institutional racism, White privilege, the roots of racism, and its modern manifestations around us. Each of the 11 sessions builds concrete skills for engaging in challenging conversations related to race, second language and other forms of bias. Rock Springers are especially encouraged to take part in Challenging Racism: Learning How because it is taking place at Rock Spring. (However, registration is NOT limited to church members. All adults are welcome.) Registration details, videos, testimonials and more information are online at www.RockSpringUCC.org or www.ChallengingRacism.org



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by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing

The raw stories,

To letting your vulnerability

Chafe me.