Can I Do?
How do we see
our racial past and our future?
We need to remember whats happened. If we dont
remember whats happened before, we cannot understand whats going
on now. (John Hope Franklin)
We shouldnt dwell on the past, but we also shouldnt forget about
it. We have to strike a balance and figure out how to manage it. (Cheikh)
Racism is like from generations way back and now doesnt really affect
us. Its just the generations before just keep passing it on and we dont
even know. Sometimes we even forget why we are mad at other people (Wendell)
Questions for Reflection
- What are the most
important historical developments in race relations in my community?
- What do I see as the
racial problems in my community?
- What current issues
in my community are related to historical problems around race?
What can I do to increase
understanding and cooperative action across racial lines?
We need to talk about our feelings; we need to express
them in a positive way. (Elli)
We have to be tolerant enough to be willing to move in the direction of, of
first freeing ourselves of any prejudices, and misconceptions, and then of
freeing others, giving others an opportunity to free themselves. (John Hope
Race is important. Race is something that matters. We mustnt pretend
that you are not white. We ought to celebrate that fact that you are white,
that you are Chinese, that you are whatever. God did not make a mistake in
creating you who you are. (Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
Questions for Reflection
- What can I do to educate
myself about race relations in my area?
- What racial or ethnic
group do I want to know more about?
- How can I celebrate
the racial diversity in my community?
- What specific actions
can I take to increase understanding in my community?
- Talk to somebody about
the film or racial issues in general.
- Join a discussion
group or take an adult education course to learn about racism.
- Learn more about a
racial, ethnic or religious group in your community.
- Learn more about something
that was in the film.
- Try a new ethnic food.
- Attend a performance
featuring dance, music or theater from another culture.
- Talk with elders in
the community about their perceptions and experiences.
- Invite someone of a
different race, ethnicity or religion to a meal or social event.
- Talk with a teacher
or librarian about ways they can more effectively use diverse books and
- Help organize an event
to celebrate your communitys diversity.
- Help organize an inter-faith
- Volunteer to work with
new immigrants in your community.
- Intervene when negative
remarks are made about racial groups other than your own.
- Find a way to work
with others for social justice.