We’d also like to share some resources for folks who weren’t able to make it or would like to revisit our discussion. Here is the Padlet we used to allow everyone to contribute notes during the discussion, with some highlighted resources, articles, books, and videos at the top. Here is a video of Keziah Ridgeway’s keynote section where she dove into definitions of racism.
Discussion Questions (parts 1-3):
- Discussions of racism should be uncomfortable, especially for white folks. What about these opening chapters made you uncomfortable?
- Reynolds emphasizes that this is not a history book, it’s a present book. What about the first sections of this book feels most “present” to you?
- In addition to understanding the history of racism, it is important for us to have models of what antiracist action can look like. What examples of antiracism stood out so far for you? What inspiration do they give for your work?
- The authors talk a lot about the contradictions of Thomas Jefferson. For example, he believed slavery was wrong but continued to own enslaved people. As we strive to be antiracist in our own lives, can we identify ways that we participate or remain complicit in current systems of oppression that don’t align with our stated beliefs?