Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Building the World We Dream About for Young Adults: An Anti-racist Multicultural Program

Activity 2: Putting "White" on the Table

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Familiarize yourself with Leader Resource 2.

Description of Activity

Read the statements in Leader Resource 2, pairing each statement in the left-hand column with its corresponding statement in the right-hand column. Invite participants to monitor their feelings and thoughts as they listen to the statements.

Engage the group in discussion by posing these questions:

  • What feelings emerged for you as you heard the list?
  • How did the mention of Whiteness change each sentence?
  • How would your reaction be different if the word "Asian" or "Latino or Latina" were substituted for "White" in the sentences?
  • What do your reactions to this list tell you about the racial assumptions of U.S. dominant culture?