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HANDOUT 3: The Reflection Group for Biracial/Multiracial People

Participants in the Biracial and Multiracial Reflection Group will work to explore, affirm, and heal their spirit by first naming the landscape of their experience. They will also consider how to create healthy relationships alongside White people, People of Color, and those from racially or ethnically marginalized groups 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 the 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 to synthesize your group’s reflections.

Questions About the Program

  • How is the program going for you so far?
  • What has been your previous experience of talking about race with people who consider themselves to be mixed race or biracial? When did you feel supported? What felt awkward or risky?
  • Describe some times when the content of the program has engaged you and some times when you felt disconnected. What role, if any, does White privilege or race-based identity or oppression play in your feelings of connection or disconnection?
  • What insights were offered in the video clips that are helpful to you?

Questions About Identity

  • Who taught you how to be ___________ (Latina or Latino, Hispanic, biracial, multiracial, etc.)? How are those lessons still playing out in your life today?
  • What have you discovered about your own history with racism that is puzzling to you?
  • How have you contributed to maintaining systems of White supremacy? How, if at all, do you still contribute to that system?
  • Racism invokes shame and confusion for many racially or ethnically marginalized groups. What issues have been raised for you?
  • How might it be possible to be antiracist without appearing to be anti-White?

Spiritual Questions

  • What role might biracial and multiracial groups play in debunking the dysfunctions of racial dominance?
  • In your opinion, how does the theology of Unitarian Universalism speak to biracial and multiracial people?
  • What practices and policies can the congregation create that would keep you at the table in good faith and with a sense of integrity?
  • Where do you believe the realities of Unitarian Universalism fall short of its ideals?
  • What role can the community of biracial and multiracial people play to support and encourage your own spiritual journey?

Closing the Exercise

As a group, prepare a list of statements that you want White people and People of Color and those from racially or ethnically marginalized groups to know about your experience and lessons learned so far. Begin your list with these words: What I want White people, People of Color, and those from racially or ethnically marginalized groups to know about my experience here is . . .

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Last updated on Monday, July 23, 2012.

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