The experience of racially or ethnically marginalized groups in the United States is nothing short of tragic: the loss of identity, dignity, property, and cultural communities, the assignment to second-class citizenship . . . not to mention the violent crimes committed against People of Color throughout U.S. history. Nonetheless, People of Color and those from racially and ethnically marginalized groups have found enormous strength through adversity. The reflection group for People of Color and those 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 from the group to choose questions, read them aloud, and keep track of time. Use the Serial Testimony Protocol (Workshop 3, Leader Resource 3) to discuss as many of the following questions as possible. Note that there are more questions 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 10 minutes at the end for synthesizing and recording your group’s reflections.
Questions About the Program
Questions About Identity
Closing the Exercise
As a group, prepare a list of statements that you want White people and multiracial or biracial people to know about your experience and lessons learned so far. Begin your list with these words: What I want White people and mixed race or biracial people to know about my experience here is . . .
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Last updated on Monday, July 23, 2012.
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