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 Three Prompts
Tone Policing - a tactic used by those who have privilege to silence those who do not by focusing on the tone of what is being said rather than the actual content
1. How have you used tone policing out loud to silence, shut down, or dismiss BIPOC? What kinds of words have you used to describe what tone a BIPOC should use?
2. What tone policing thoughts have you harbored inside when you've heard BIPOC talk about race or their lived experiences, eve if you don't say them out loud?
3. How have you derailed conversations about race by focusing on how someone said something to you rather than what they said to you? Looking back now, why do you think the tone that was being used was more important to you than the content of the information being conveyed?
4. How often have you made your willingness to engage in antiracism work conditional on people using the "right" tone with you?
5. How have you discounted BIPOC's real pain over racism because the way they talk about it doesn't fit with your world view of how people should talk?
6. How have you discounted BIPOC in general because of the tone they use when they talk?