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1 Racial Justice Workshop Meeting One Personal Awareness, Racism & Racial Justice

2 Introductions: The host Stephen Fetter Program Coordinator for Continuing Education The presenter Alcris Limongi Program Coordinator for Racial Justice, Gender Justice & Sexual Minorities

3 How to Use the Online System How to ask a question How to report back How to respond to a poll

4 Poll Do you describe yourself as male? Female? Press 1 for Female Press 2 for Male Other Gender Identity * Gender Identity refers to our innate, deeply felt sense of being male, female, both, or neither. It can be different from the biological sex we were assigned at birth; many (but not all) people who are living this experience refer to themselves as transgender.

5 Poll Are you a member of Canada's racial majority? Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No Not sure

6 Poll What's your age? Under – – – 65 Over 65

7 Today's Agenda: 90 minutes Introductions to the process – Why are we doing this? – Why is it mandatory? – Small group discussion Understanding Privilege Using the polls Walk through History Small group discussion about the history of racism in Canada Theological Reflection

8 Why are we doing this? (statement from General Council's website) Mandatory training Commitment to being an intercultural church Consultation to share best practices

9 Norms & Standards for our Meetings Holy manners Confidentiality

10 Small Group Discussion 10 mins What is your name? Church? Role? Share a story about how racism has touched you personally. Why is talking about racism important? Why is talking about racism difficult? Please be prepared to report back on the last two questions via the Flip Chart

11 Understanding Privilege Respond to the poll questions with Yes or No Keep track of how many yes's you entered, and how many no's

12 Understanding Privilege Poll 1. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that the store personnel will not follow me. Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No

13 Understanding Privilege Poll 2. I can be ignored in a store and I don't really notice the race of persons being served out of turn ahead of me. Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No

14 Understanding Privilege Poll 3. I can turn on the television or open the newspaper or websites, and see people of my race widely represented in positive ways. Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No

15 Understanding Privilege Poll 4. When I am told about our national heritage I am shown that people of my colour made it what it is. Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No

16 Understanding Privilege Poll 5. When I say I am from Quebec or Ontario or Canada I am rarely asked where I'm really from or what I am. Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No

17 Understanding Privilege Poll 6. I can remain ignorant of the language and customs of Canadian persons of colour and Aboriginal peoples without feeling ashamed of my ignorance. Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No

18 Understanding Privilege Poll 7. If a traffic cop pulls me over in Canada, I can be sure it is not because of my race. Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No

19 Understanding Privilege Poll 8. I can talk about racism without being seen as oversensitive, over-reacting or biased. Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No

20 Understanding Privilege Poll 9. I can take a job without having my co-workers suspect that I probably got hired because of political correctness, and not because I was the best qualified person. Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No

21 Understanding Privilege Poll 10. I can easily buy posters, post- cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys & magazines featuring people of my race. Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No

22 Understanding Privilege Poll 11. I can choose blemish cream or band-aids in colours that more or less match my skin tone. Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No

23 Understanding Privilege Poll 12 I can see in the news a mass murder committed by a person of my race and not worry that others might implicate all people of my race. Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No

24 Understanding Privilege Poll 13 When I am in my church, I see many pictures and symbols that represent my race and culture. Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No

25 Understanding Privilege Poll 14. Most music and hymns in my church are written by people of my race and accompanied by musical instruments common to my racial heritage. Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No

26 Understanding Privilege Poll 15. I can attend any number of churches and easily find several ministers of my race. Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No

27 Understanding Privilege Poll 16. Sermon illustrations and children's stories in the church I attend are usually about people of my race. Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No

28 Understanding Privilege Poll 17. Racial diversity in the Bible is rarely mentioned in reference to Scripture readings in worship at the church where I attend. Press 1 for Yes Press 2 for No

29 Poll 18. How many times did you answer yes? 1 – 3 times 4 – 6 times 7 – 10 times 11 – 14 times 15 – 17 times

30 Small Group Discussion 10 mins What did you personally notice? How are we affected by white privilege? How are our neighbours affected? What happens when we take our privilege for granted, or are not even aware of it?

31 Walk Through History: Legalized Racism in Canada AND Resistance to Racism Adapted from an exercise by Jennifer Janzen-Ball; original idea by Rusa Jeremic; with material from Historical Overview of Prejudice and Racism in Canada, by Dorothy Wills, Timeline, by Wenh-In Ng, in That All May Be One: A Resource for Educating Toward Racial Justice (Toronto: United Church Publishing House, 2004), and from Legalized Racism from Canadian Race Relations Foundation, en/pub/faSh/ePubFaShLegRac.pdf, accessed 23 October 2009 Additional information & graphics added by Stephen Fetter Sources noted on the appropriate slides

32 Objective: The idea of this exercise is for us to review together some key moments of the history of legalized racism in Canada and resistance to racism, and to share our knowledge. The Game We'll show pairs of slides about particular moments in Canadian history. When you see the first of each pair, try to guess the year that the event occurred. The answer will be shown on the second slide.

33 Theological Reflection In small groups Where is/isn't God in this history? What's the responsibility of God's people? Is there a story from the bible that comes to mind for you as you go through this exercise Please choose one person from each group to report back to the plenary via the Flip chart

34 Thank you for joining us today. Please join us next week at the same time for Part Two Notes from our session will be posted at


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