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The Second Tuesday Race Forum is a place to learn about Race in our lives through monthly conversations about Race. Look at the pictures from our meetings and have a look around the site; at About Us, at the Blog and the Resources Pages.

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Talking about Race can be a scary thing. We can't promise you will always be comfortable, but we can say that you will be safe from harm.

Our January meeting with be next week, January 10th, 2017,  at the Park Hill United Methodist Church at Montview Blvd and Glencoe St. in Denver. The meeting will start at 7 PM.

Again this month we will be having our meeting downstairs in the youth lounge.

Doubling Down on Whiteness

The beginning of 2017 seems to find the country openly struggling with what many thought was the inevitable progress of moving toward a multicultural and multiracial democracy.  This is not a new thing.  America has long had a pattern of resistance to minority progress and rolling it back.  As Reconstruction was being dismantled after the Civil War, the cry was “We came to redeem America.”  Today we hear, “We must make America great again.”

How do we prepare for this next period?  What must be done to pull together a broken culture?  Is it possible?  Please take a look at the essay Toni Morrison wrote for The New Yorker in November, “Making America White Again.”

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/11/21/making-america-white-again

Octavia Butler, an African American science fiction writer, once said that that the two things that worried her about the future of humanity were the tendency to think hierarchically, and the tendency to place ourselves higher on the hierarchy than others.  We need to find ways to counteract these urges.

The current issue of The Atlantic has a cover story which is a compelling account of President Barak Obama’s journey to the White House written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. For many young people he is the only President they have known.
This short 4-minute animation uses recordings from conversations Coates had with the President:
The full article is “My President Was Black: A history of the first African American White House – and of what came next,” and is at this link:

Our December meeting with be next week, December 13th,  at the Park Hill United Methodist Church at Montview Blvd and Glencoe St. in Denver. The meeting will start at 7 PM.

Again this month we will be having our meeting downstairs in the youth lounge.

Internalized Racism

There are several levels of Racism.  One of the most enduring forms is Internalized Racism. There are also other oppressions (sexism, heterosexism, classism, etc) and they each have several levels too, including internalized oppressions. The discussion in December will look at how we internalize the ideological ideas of oppressions and the impact they have on maintaining the cycle of Racism.

Please review the attached document, “The Four I’s of Oppression,” and think about any reflections you would like to share in a fishbowl exercise. The paper is about the four levels of oppressions and how those levels interact to reinforce their own and each others oppressons.

We will use a series of fishbowl discussions to explore how internalized oppression show up in our lives and what ideas we have to deal with it. We are hoping for practical ways to support each other and face the rapidly shifting attitudes in the culture. We plan to explore these ideas with a serires of fishbowl exercises, with different groups in the bowl.

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This year the regular Second Tuesday Race Forum meeting date falls on the national election day.  Last month there was overwhelming support to reschedule the meeting to be on the third Tuesday, November 15th.  This will give everyone time to process the results and then come to discuss it.

No matter who wins the Presidential race, there will be a great need for healing.  This election has revealed the depth of the growing divide in our society.  We hope to unpack the significance of this divide and look for strategies to deal with the realities of a world in transition.

Don’t forget: NO Meeting on November 8, but we WILL MEET on November 15, 2016.

Please realize that we will not be having meetings during the three months of Summer --- June, July and August.

Check back in September to see what we have planned for the next season of our meetings.

This year has been a great one for the STRF. We have lots of new members who are working to grow their personal resonses to Racism, using our environment of loving conversation to deepen our understanding of Racism and ourselves. Next year could be even better! Peruse the postings from this year to get some idea of what we are about.