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The experience of racially or ethnically marginalized groups in the United States context is nothing short of tragic: the loss of identity, dignity, property and cultural communities, assignment to second-class citizenship... not to mention the violent crimes against the (brown) body over time. Yet still, People of Color and from racially and ethnically marginalized groups have found enormous strength through adversity. The reflection group for People of Color and from racially or ethnically marginalized groups will work to affirm and heal the spirit of those with marginalized racial and ethnic identities by first naming the landscape of their experience. They will also consider how to create healthy relationships alongside White people who are committed to dismantling structures of systematic domination.
Select a facilitator who will ask questions and keep track of time. Use the Serial Testimony Protocol (Workshop 2, Leader Resource 2) to discuss the questions that follow. Note that there are more questions below than your group will have time to fully explore. The facilitator should choose questions that will engage and challenge the group. Be sure to save ten minutes at the end for recording group reflections and closing.
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Closing the Exercise (10 minutes)
Prior to closing, invite the group to prepare a list of statements they want White people and "mixed race/biracial people" to know about their experience and lessons learned so far. The list should begin with these words: What I want White people and mixed race/biracial people to know about my experience here is... .
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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