I began this book last week and would love to have discussions based on the prompts provided within the book. The book is set up so that after each day's reading, there are a handful of prompts to respond to. Feel free to respond to as many or as few as you like. I would love for this to be a discussion and a place where we can learn and grow together. Please be honest, because that is the only way anything will change.
Additionally, I have been compiling a list of books under the #BlackLivesMatter Reading List tab. I am usually adding books daily that I find, or are recommended by others. Please leave a comment on that page if you have titles to add. I hope you can find titles on this list that you will learn from as well.
Day One Prompts
White Privilege - unearned advantages that are granted because of one's whiteness or ability to "pass" as white (definition given at 13%)
1. In what ways do you hold white privilege? Study the list from Peggy McIntosh and reflect on your own daily life. Make a list of the different ways you hold white privilege in your personal life.
From the reading. In her original article McIntosh listed fifty examples. Saad has chosen a handful here for readers to think about.
1. I can, if I wish, arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time
7. When I am told about our national heritage or about "civilization", I am shown that people of my color made it what it is
12. I can go into a book shop and count on finding the writing of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the staple foods that fit with my cultural traditions, into a hairdresser's shop and find someone who can deal with my hair.
15. I did not have to educate our children to be aware of systemic racism for their own daily physical protection.
25. If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I have not been singled out because of my race.
36. If my day, week, or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it has racial overtones.
41. I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help, my race will not work against me.
2. What negative experiences has your white privilege protected you from throughout your life?
3. What positive experiences has your white privilege granted you throughout your life (that BIPOC generally do not have)?
4. In what ways have you wielded your white privilege over BIPOC that have done harm (whether or not you intended to do so)?
5. What have you learned about your white privilege that makes you uncomfortable?