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Taking It Home, Workshop 9: Ignore-ance of White Identity

In "Building the World We Dream About," a Tapestry of Faith program

To consider "Whiteness" . . . is not an attack on people, whatever their skin color. Instead, (it) is an attempt to think critically about how white skin preference has operated systematically, structurally and sometimes unconsciously as a dominant force in American—and indeed in global society and culture. — Dr. Gregory Jay, contemporary author and educator

As you go about your everyday life, make note of the impact of White identity in your surroundings. In which environments is Whiteness assumed to be the norm? Notice manifestations of Whiteness in your congregation, your place of work or school, your grocery store, beauty salon, neighborhood activities, and so forth. Record your observations in your journal and/or compare notes with another workshop participant.

Obtain and watch the series What Is Race? on the PBS website. You can purchase Race — The Power of an Illusion from California Newsreel website (which also has a study guide and resources) or borrow it from the UUA Video and DVD loan library or your public library.

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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.

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