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

Activity 3: The Fort Worth Incident

Activity time: 40 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Copy Handout 3 for all participants.

Description of Activity

Distribute Handout 3. Invite participants to read the first two sections, stopping at the Recommendations. Ask participants if they have any prior knowledge of the incident described. Invite any comments and feedback on the story.


  • What would have made this situation play out differently?
  • What multicultural skills or competencies might have made a positive difference?"

Encourage participants to use Handout 2 as a lens to help examine the issues and to observe how multicultural competence-and the lack of it-is reflected in the way the situations developed in Fort Worth. Record key points of the discussion on newsprint. Allow about 20 minutes for this discussion.

Note that the Special Review Commission report includes a number of learnings and recommendations for moving forward. Invite participants to read that section of the handout.


  • How are these recommendations similar to points raised in our discussion of skills and competencies that could have made a difference in this situation?
  • How are they different?
  • What insights have you gained from examining this incident and report?