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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 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.

We will be having our annual Celebration for Juneteenth on Tuesday June 14th at 6:30 PM at Park Hill United Methodist Church.

It has long been our tradition of using our TC Race Group monthly meeting in June to celebrate Juneteenth with good food and good company.

Please note that we will start the June pot luck at 6:30 PM, a half hour earlier than usual.

If you are new to the TC Race Group, you may not know that Juneteenth is the annual celebration of how and when folks in Texas found out about the emancipation of the slaves, about their own freedom from slavery. Juneteenth commemorates June 18 and 19, 1865. June 18 is the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves. That was three years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in Washington by Lincoln, and over two years after it was supposed to go into effect.

For our celebration, we will have a "sponsored" pot luck. We are arranging to provide generous servings of fried catfish and spareribs. We are asking that each of you who are coming will bring along some complementary dishes to serve.

Alas, we also have to ask that you contribute a donation to cover the costs. Our suggestion is that you donate $10 if you can afford it. Please don't let it stop you from coming if you cannot. Donate what your can; we want you to come!

Won't You Please sign-up by a return email. Tell us how many guests you are bringing, and what dish you are going to bring in one of the categories below:

Veggie Side. Bread, Salad, Drinks (non-alcoholic). Vegetarian main dish (for vegetarian folks), Dessert

We have already signed-up 32 folks at our meeting last week, with promises of a good assortment of things from the catagories. So, if you were one of those, you don't have to sing-up again. This notice is for all our folks who did not sign-up at the May meeting.

We will take care of the extras like ice, cups and plates, napkins, knifes and forks.

One final note: we want you to come! If you somehow forgot about RSVP'ng to this message until the last minute, come anyway.

 

Applying Critical Lessons Learned from the Reconstruction Era

During our time together next week, we welcome Facing History and Ourselves’ Senior Program Associate, Heather Frazier, who will guide us through an examination of the progress made during the Reconstruction Era and the patterns of retrenchment that occurred following this time of social, political, and economic change. We will consider questions such as, “Is backlash inevitable in a time of great change? What are the roles of hatred, fear, and the loss of power in inspiring actions that thwart change?”

As historian David Blight argues: “Every revolution we have causes a counter-revolution.” Indeed, the unprecedented period of interracial democracy that occurred after the passage of Radical Reconstruction policies also touched off a determined, violent backlash in the South. He likewise suggests that the ways in which white Northerners imagined African Americans had a profound impact on public support for Reconstruction in the South. Did white Northerners imagine freedpeople as diligent workers and students, responsible voters and lawmakers? Or did they imagine freedpeople as inherently lazy, dependent, childlike, violent, and dangerous? In the enormous number of Reconstruction-era images, black Americans were depicted in all of these contradictory ways. Therefore, similar to today, the conflict over the meaning of freedom and equality for African Americans was fought not only in voting booths and statehouses; it was also fought in the pages of newspapers, other media and the “court of public opinion”.

Few would deny that this history has been poorly and insufficiently understood. And yet, perspectives on the past implicitly and explicitly impact how we understand the present. Re-examining the era of Reconstruction is a perfect entry into understanding the growing political and social backlash as we near the end of the Obama Administration.

In addition, we want to invite Second Tuesday folk who recently attended the White Privilege Conference in Philadelphia to share some insights they gained from the weekend with us.