Monday, November 30, 2015

Anti-racism in the ‘Burbs, December Discussion Group

Second meeting: Sunday 12/6, 2-4 p.m., location: Medfield, MA

We discussed White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh: Knapsack.pdf
What privileges on the list do you have?  Don't have?  Other thoughts? 

My learning from this meeting was that the People of Color who came could not relate to anything on the list. They said they never experience they have any of the privileges on that list.

I asked what they would want, most importantly and they said:

Give me the benefit of the doubt!...a presumption of innocence
That they live in a field of judgement and doubt. They would like not to have to worry...they want that freedom that white people have.
And they would like to not have to wonder, "Is it my race?" why people say and do the things they do with them.

After the meeting, I went back over the list of 50 items and found that all of them can fall under those freedoms. So that is simple enough right? Can't we give People of Color, and everyone including Muslims, those freedoms (listed above)?


See the first meeting for more info about this discussion series.


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