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#52weekchallenge #52undo -- a spiritual practice of intentional, anti-racism living. There is a new challenge posted on FB by Will Dickerson each week. Participants are asked to post brief video responses to the challenges, focusing on personal STORIES.
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1Everyone is part of an institution. Work, congregation, etc. Pick one institution and have a conversation with person(s) in power about creating a "hate crimes protection team" / "compassionate response team" plan, with the goal of making victims of hate crimes or other attacks feel SAFE.
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2Tell the story of the first time you realized you were in the skin you are in.
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3Take the Harvard implicit racial bias test online and share your resultshttps://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/
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4Notice IDEALOGICAL racism showing up in the world, and in your life. Tell about one thing you are noticing.The four "I"s of oppression: idealogical, institutional, interpersonal, and internalized
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5Look at the institutions in your life, and tell about INSTITUTIONAL (STRUCTURAL) racism you are noticing.
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6Tell a story of INTERPERSONAL racism that you experienced either as the targeted person or as the perpetrator.
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7How have you INTERNALIZED racism?
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8What is your race ancestry story as it relates to the United States? Who do you come from? If you are white, when did your family become white?Additional challenge: What was your ancestors' connection to slavery??
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9How does racism show up in your religion/faith tradition/religious institutions?
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10Practice talking about race: Create an intentional opportunity to talk to someone you know about race, within the context of something we have learned thus far in this Anti-Racism Challenge, then report back about the experience."Extra credit" for having this conversation with someone of another race (be sure to ask for permission). Be honest, be open, be vulnerable.
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11Where does implicit racism show up in technology?Will's example: GPS/mapping is a technology that was not created with a racial analysis. You can end up in the "wrong" neighborhood.
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12Make a list: What does society say you should be PROUD of in relationship to your race? What does society say you should be ASHAMED of in relationship to your race? What are the societal norms we have been taught?Focus on your own race, not someone else's.
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13It's the beginning of Black History Month. Pay attention this week on FB or elsewhere, and/or do your own research --> Find something you did not learn in elementary/middle/high school, and reflect on WHY you think you weren't taught about it.
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14What are the ways in which white supremacy has cost you?Will says: Figure out what it's really cost you, or you won't DO anything about it.
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15Tell a story of racism, when you were there (either involved, or witnessing). What did you do? and what did you wish you had done?
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16Gut check-in: Talk about what this practice has meant to you. Why are you doing it now? Has your motivation changed over time?Is this a spiritual practice for you, like meditation, prayer, etc?
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