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Happy Juneteenth! Welcome to the 21-Day Race and Equity Challenge
Welcome, We are so glad you've chosen to go through the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge with us. The challenge was created by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., Director of the Privilege Institute in Green Bay, WI. Dr. Moore's vision was to create a program that would help people be more aware of issues surrounding equity and inclusion. By stretching the learning out over a 21 day period, his hope was that continued learning would become a lifelong habit. It is not a coincidence that the challenge is beginning on Juneteenth. The planning committee wanted to begin the challenge on a day that has a special significance to our country. So, let's get started and learn a little more about this holiday that was first celebrated right here in the Great State of Texas!
SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE?
Talking about race can be difficult. Many people fear saying the wrong thing or being perceived as racist based on their language. However, we need to have open honest dialogue on race in order to adequately address racism and equity. This is an area where you need to give yourself and others grace. No one is perfect. Your willingness to have the conversations will show that you are committed to a community where everyone feels valued and respected.
THE MORE YOU KNOW...BLACK HISTORY
Understanding black history is crucial to understanding race and equity. Black history enables levels of understanding and compassion that would not be possible if we didn’t understand the origin of slavery, the challenges faced by black Americans and most importantly the contributions of black Americans in building and shaping America.
HEALTH, RACE and
Most of us take our health for granted. We live in a country with great healthcare, an abundant food supply and numerous options for indoor and outdoor recreation. Unfortunately, in some cases, race affects access to all of these amenities. Numerous factors account for this to include, access, transportation, safety, education, levels of stress and quality of healthcare. As you read through today’s materials, consider how your community can focus on health to create equity for all.
ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES
HOW DO WE A.C.E. THIS?
In a perfect world we would all go through lives with no adverse experiences. However, Our experience tells us this is not realistic. We are all subject to traumatic events that affect our mental, emotional and physical health. Research shows that black children are disproportionately affected by adverse childhood experiences. As you complete today's challenge, consider how your community can provide the needed resources to ensure appropriate mental health services are available for our children.
Bias is a natural inclination for or against an idea, object, group, or individual. It is often learned and is highly dependent on variables like a person’s socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, educational background, etc. It is important for us to recognize and understand our own biases and how they shape our world view.
WEALTH AND INCOME
You will read today about the staggering wealth gap between whites and minorities. The inequities create many hardships for people of color. Perhaps one of the most harmful is the role poverty plays in reinforcing negative stereotypes about marginalized groups. As you go through today’s challenge, consider how the wealth gap affects your community.
HOUSING AND REDLINING
Have you ever noticed that most big cities have distinct neighborhoods separated by race and ethnicity? You might tend to believe this is the result of certain cultures tending to want to stay together. That may be true to some extent but, today you will learn about some institutional policies and practices that have not only restricted where people of color live but significantly reduce their access to wealth and education.
BRIDGING THE GAP
More than 65 years after the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education declaring racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional, studies show that public schools across the United States—including in Tarrant County—are just as racially segregated as they were in the Jim Crow era. One reason for this is the way that school attendance zones are drawn to include, and exclude, families of certain races based on the neighborhoods they live in. While it is illegal to segregate within school districts, it is not uncommon to draw attendance zones that may include or exclude specific neighborhoods.
LEVELS OF RACISM
THERE ARE MANY LEVELS TO THIS
The most common understanding of racism in our country is limited to the interpersonal level of racism—the personal prejudice and intentional bias in our individual interactions across different races. A different and emerging explanation of racism contends that interpersonal racism is actually a symptom of a more fundamental system of racism—an array of cultural norms and institutional policies and practices that routinely produce racially inequitable outcomes, often without individual intent or malice.
RACE AND EQUITY
Race and equity is both an outcome and a process. A system that provides for everyone’s needs is the desired outcome. The process required is to examine beliefs, systems, policies, practices that would support any type of inequity based on race. Try to enter today’s challenge with an open mind and consider how confronting bias in yourself, your workplace and your social groups could help create equity in our community. and
EQUITY VS. EQUALITY
While these two terms sound similar, they actually have distinctively different meanings. Equality is providing the same level of opportunity and assistance to all segments of society, such as race and gender. Equity is providing various levels of support and assistance depending on specific needs or abilities. Today, we’re going to explore the differences and show how the two terms can actually be in conflict of one another
RACE AND DISCRIMINATION
Discrimination is treating a person or group unfairly or with prejudice based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics. Today’s materials will challenge you to consider discrimination and its effects in your community.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A MICROAGGRESSION?
Microaggression defined is a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority)
The three forms of microaggressions are identified as: microassault, microinsult, and microinvalidation.
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?
Today’s topic is about privilege. This term is often misunderstood and creates controversy against people of different races. Before we get started, I think it is important to talk about what privilege is and what it isn’t. Privilege simply means that some people may have a built-in advantage that others don’t. It could be due to your income level, where you live, your job status, your education level and your race. Privilege does not mean that you haven’t worked hard to get where you’re at or that you don’t deserve what you have. It simply means that you may have had access to benefits that other people did not and as a result received an advantage over that group of people
THE HATE YOU GIVE
What is systemic racism?
Johnson defined systemic racism, also called structural racism or institutional racism, as "systems and structures that have procedures or processes that disadvantaged African Americans." Glenn Harris, president of Race Forward and publisher of Colorlines, defined it as "the complex interaction of culture, policy and institutions that holds in place the outcomes we see in our lives. Systemic racism is naming the process of white supremacy."
POLICING AND COMMUNITY
Today's challenge will focus on the contentious topic of police brutality and racial profiling. These issues tend to be viewed quite differently between police and non-police, persons of color and whites and political affiliations. In today's challenge we are going to ask that you open your mind and realize there are two sides to every story. Focusing on one side or the other does not tell the complete story. Acknowledging one side of the argument does not invalidate the other. As you read through today try to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and consider the opposing viewpoints.
BECAUSE WE MAKE MISTAKES DOESN'T MEAN WE'RE BAD PEOPLE
WHEN GRACE IS THE KEY
When discussing race and equity, it should be expected that there will be some level of disagreement. Most people are not trying to be offensive, they are just explaining things from their unique experience in life. We all view the world in different ways based on how we were socialized into society. It is important to remember that not everyone will say or do the right thing. The ability to show grace and forgiveness will go a long way in keeping the conversation moving.
BEING AN ALLY
A FRIEND LIKE ME
I truly believe there are many people in our society who want to do their part to bring racial equity to our world. The problem is, some don’t know where to start. Others don’t understand what it means to be an ally. And finally, some are apprehensive about how they will be received, both by their current social groups and their new social groups. Today’s challenge provides some practical tips on becoming an ally.
WHERE DO WE START?
Racism is traumatic. It is painful, violent, harmful, and deeply felt by those on the receiving end. The lasting effects and trauma of experiencing racism can show up in emotions, behaviors, and in many other ways.
Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy suggests that rather than asking, “What is wrong”, a trauma-informed approach would be to question, “What happened to you?” Numerous studies show that racism and discrimination are forms of trauma, and the lasting psychological effects can be similar to those of veterans who have experienced combat. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is becoming more commonly diagnosed in marginalized communities as racism and discrimination continue to create psychological, emotional, and physical harm.
It is important to understand this trauma to be able to move forward. Check out the info below, including a helpful list of ways to contribute to “healing the hidden wounds” of racial trauma, and a local resource for self-care and equitable access to yoga
UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY
TOGETHER WE CAN!
"So many throughout our community have worked tirelessly over several decades to help make Arlington the rich, vibrant community it is today. We celebrate our cultural diversity in the American Dream City and we are proud to be an international city whose citizens represent more than 100 countries." Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams said. "As a city that is committed to equality, justice and inclusion for all people, we continue our work to eliminate systemic racism and discrimination in all forms and ensure that all who live, work and learn here have equal opportunities to pursue the American Dream." Call to Action:
We invite you to reflect on these twenty-one days over the remaining year by committing to one or more goals that you would like to achieve as it relates to Unifying the Community. As a member of the Arlington Mansfield Area, I am committed to the following goal(s):
I will revisit these goals monthly to determine my progress in reaching them.
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