Exercises for Chapter 2

To begin sharing feelings and emotions related to personal imperfection and its relationship to racism (25 minutes)
To explore and share participants’ personal experiences with the various tensions described in Chapter 2. To create a shared understanding among group members. (30 minutes)
Use a scenario to reveal participants’ thoughts about how various tensions manifest, provide an opportunity to create a common understanding of the issues, and strategize future responses. (55 minutes)
DESIGNED FOR GROUPS COMPOSED OF WHITE PARTICIPANTS: To consider how responses to feelings of shame and guilt affect relationships with people of color, white people, and racial justice efforts. (55 minutes)
DESIGNED FOR GROUPS COMPOSED OF WHITE PARTICIPANTS: Explore our values, how those values are connected to both racial equity and our personal growth, and how we feel challenged by critique. To develop language that can help us avoid going into shame, and instead, develop empathy for ourselves. (60 minutes)

To consider the use of “both/and” thinking and its relationship to shame, emotional reactivity, and one’s personal stake in racial justice. (55 minutes)

Options to close the session. (10 minutes)
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