Reflection and Bias: Becoming More Tolerant

JoAnne Artman Gallery
Jun 5, 2020 10:04PM

In the midst of incredibly emotional times and all that is occurring both on social media and in real life in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement, it is essential to educate, reflect, and learn from black leaders and black voices. However, it is incredibly important that white people take a stand and use voices, privilege, and platform to amplify the voices and concerns surrounding racism, inequality, and brutality. One way to actively work towards this is reflecting on biases we may have accumulated and identify how they were created and why. Through thoughtful reflection and education, we can strive towards a more tolerant and compassionate future. Included below are some journaling and/or conversation prompts by author Leesa Renee Hall (@leesareneehall).

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1. What was your earliest memory around skin color? Where were you? Who were you with? Was it something a family member said? Was it an event you and your friends participated in? How did you feel?

2. Name an early experience when a person of color made you feel uneasy. Why was that? What made them threatening?”

3. How did your parents or caregivers talk about skin color? How did their beliefs and views shape you?

4. Name your favorite television shows, films, radio programs, and/or comic books you consumed as a child and teenager. Were people of color present? If yes, what roles did they play? What were their characteristics, clothing, and speech?

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