Monday, July 13, 2020

Book Talk | Dismantling White Supremacy Day 16


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 Sixteen Prompts

Allyship - an active, consistent, and challenging practice of unlearning and reevaluating, in which a person of privilege seeks to work in solidarity with a marginalized group (definition given at 49%)

White centering - the centering of white people, white values, white norms, and white feelings over everything and everyone else (definition at 54%)

1. How is your worldview a white-centered one?

2. How have you reacted when whiteness or you as a white person are not centered in spaces and conversations?

3. How have you judged BIPOC when they do not measure up to white-centered standards?

4. How have you centered yourself as a person with white privilege in nonwhite spaces and conversations?

5. What are you beginning to understand about how white centering affects BIPOC?

Let's talk!


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    1. I'm glad you are following along, and I hope you will join the conversation when you are ready!

  2. As a white man, of course my worldview has been white-centered. Years ago, I started to learn and see other perspectives, especially from BIPOC. I think being gay also helped me to open my viewpoint a bit more than I would have otherwise. It forced me into other perspectives. I think a big thing I've focussed on lately has been taking a step back from the center of conversations and allowing BIPOC voices to be amplified. Another part of that includes using my privilege to give way to those voices.

    1. Yes! That is what I am trying to do also, with reading list, and discussing more Black authors on Twitter and Facebook. I promote the list a lot, and am constantly inviting people to add more suggestions in the comments section of that page so they are all in one place - I tend to misplace some when I don't bookmark or make a note of what post they are mentioned. It is SI important for us to use our privilege to make space for these BIPOC voices, and then let them do the talking. I also can appreciate the thought you put in to being a majority in one respect, but a minority in another. Conversations about intersectionality are really important too, and I have been reading a lot of articles (which of course pointed me to some books) regarding Black women and feminism, and how white women tend to expect Black women to drop the Black part and focus on the woman part. But how to you just ignore one part of yourself, when your whole life experience is made by all the parts that make you who you are? Lots to think about, and I am glad you keep coming back to the conversation.


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