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In "Exploring Our Values Through Poetry," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants learn about one way to be an ally of traditionally marginalized or oppressed groups.
Say to participants,
Speaking out when you hear someone tell a hurtful joke is one way to be an ally to traditionally marginalized or oppressed groups. How do you confront someone who uses a joke to indulge in Christian bashing, sexism, racism, ageism, ableism, or homophobism?
Introduce the guest speaker. During or after the discussion, distribute resources such as the list, Becoming a Strong Ally 101: Guidelines for Dealing with Oppression in the Community, which you can find at the UUA's Leaders' Library. Bring other resources for youth to see, such as Come Out and Win: Organizing Yourself, Your Community, and Your World, by Sue Hyde (Boston: Beacon Press, 2007), available at the UUA Bookstore.
After the event, discuss with participants what the conversation was like for them and what they gained from the experience. Invite them to write, in their journals, one tip they will use to be a good ally.
This activity focuses on being an ally to an oppressed group of people. Be sensitive to members of the Poetry workshop who identify with or belong to an oppressed group. Be aware, however, that members of one oppressed group might be actively working as allies of another group. Try not to make assumptions. Do make sure that individuals from marginalized groups are not singled out in this activity or asked to speak as the authority for the group to which they belong. For example, a remark such as, "Hey, Stacy, you are black. Would you find this joke offensive?" could make Stacy question how safe the space is for her. Monitor the group for any such reactions.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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