Discussion Questions (or journal prompts)
Is race hard for you to talk about? Why or why not?
What is your earliest experience dealing with race or racism?
What was the racial makeup of the neighborhood you grew up in?
What messages do you recall getting from your parents about race? What messages do you recall getting from others when you were young?
Has your involvement in Christian community ever helped you to understand racism better or become more racist?
The Black Experience Project
The Black Experience Project is a research study focused on examining the lived experiences of individuals who self-identify as Black and/or of African heritage living in the Greater Toronto Area.
Resources on Netflix
When They See Us – Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they’re falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.
13th -Explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.
Becoming – Learn about race through the eyes of former first lady Michelle Obama. This documentary is also a book by the same name.
Resources on Youtube
The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Peanut Butter and Jelly Racism
Resources on Prime Video
Little Fires Everywhere – Based on the 2017 bestseller, by Celeste Ng. Little Fires Everywhere explores the story of two families whose lives are brought together in suburbia. The series explores race, motherhood and the danger of secrets.
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism
The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Racism in Canada
These Authors Are Glad You’re Buying Their Books. Now Do the Work.
Test your bias at Harvard edu
Below are some links that open a world of possibility and opportunity during this time that we are spending on our own. Our hope is that these give some ideas as well as start you off on your own journey of discovery and meaningful times individually and with family.
NEW: On Sacred Space (sacredspace.ie) you will find a 2 week devotional meant to be used during this COVID time. Check out their “isolation retreat.”
Sacred space is an online Jesuit site that provides a place to pray and contemplate scripture each day. The website will guide you through the prayer and give you ideas if you feel stuck somewhere.
COVID19 doesn’t mean that we are sitting around bored. You may be extremely busy right now. Work and family might be more demanding than usual. You might be a front line worker who is exhausted. You might be super busy trying to set up meaningful family activities.
Could you take 3 minutes to focus yourself spiritually? 3-minute retreat is a Jesuit site that offers an online mini retreat.