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What Can I Do?

How do we see our racial past and our future?

We need to remember what’s happened. If we don’t remember what’s happened before, we cannot understand what’s going on now. (John Hope Franklin)

We shouldn’t dwell on the past, but we also shouldn’t 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 doesn’t really affect us. It’s just the generations before just keep passing it on and we don’t even know. Sometimes we even forget why we are mad at other people (Wendell)

Questions for Reflection

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 Franklin)

Race is important. Race is something that matters. We mustn’t 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

Action Ideas

  1. Talk to somebody about the film or racial issues in general.

  2. Join a discussion group or take an adult education course to learn about racism.

  3. Learn more about a racial, ethnic or religious group in your community.

  4. Learn more about something that was in the film.

  5. Try a new ethnic food.

  6. Attend a performance featuring dance, music or theater from another culture.

  7. Talk with elders in the community about their perceptions and experiences.

  8. Invite someone of a different race, ethnicity or religion to a meal or social event.

  9. Talk with a teacher or librarian about ways they can more effectively use diverse books and materials.

  10. Help organize an event to celebrate your community’s diversity.

  11. Help organize an inter-faith activity.

  12. Volunteer to work with new immigrants in your community.

  13. Intervene when negative remarks are made about racial groups other than your own.

  14. Find a way to work with others for social justice.