6.3 - Developing our Analysis - Honing our Voice on Fundamental Concepts

6.3 — Developing our Analysis – Honing our Voice on Fundamental Concepts (65 minutes)

Materials needed: Topic Info Sheets (Equality vs Equity, Intent vs Impact, Intersectionality is a Power Analysis), pens or pencils, markers, butcher paper or electronic devices for writing

Purpose of piece: To deepen our understanding of issues fundamental to racial justice in order to better explain them to others. Topics to be considered include: equality vs equity, intent vs impact, and intersectionality as an analysis of power/oppression.

Say to group: This activity is meant to help us better respond to situations where someone needs support to understand a fundamental principle of racial justice. The three topics we’ll cover are 1) the difference between equality and equity, 2) the need to attend to impact instead of intent, and 3) the importance of understanding intersectionality as an analysis of power and oppression.

Facilitator’s Note: Split the group into three groups, one for each topic. An ideal size would be teams of 3-4 people. If you have a smaller group, pairs could work together. If you have a larger group, two groups could work on each topic. If the group is too small to split up, you can select the most essential topic for the group and cover only one. Feel free to extend the time and cover more than one topic, one after the other. This process is up to you and your group.

Say to group: You’re now being handed a reference sheet. Read the information provided. With your team, discuss the key ideas presented, why they’re essential for your community and colleagues to understand, and situations where you might need to explain these issues. You have about 20 minutes to generate a short presentation (5 minutes or less) for the rest of the group. Your team will be responsible for helping us understand the importance of this topic, key points, and when we might need to be prepared to explain these topics to those within our community. (Team presentation development – 25 minutes)

Facilitator’s Note: Depending on your setting and resources, the presentations can be delivered orally, with use of butcher paper, or using electronic media.

Team presentations – 5 minutes per group, plus 5 minutes for questions and dialogue after each. (Presentations – 30 minutes)

Large group debrief (10 minutes)

  1. What insights or questions came up during this process?
  2. What more is needed to develop confidence when discussing these topics?

Wrap up: Part of becoming accountable to a racial justice practice is developing our analysis of key concepts and being able to share that information with others within our sphere of influence. This takes practice, and confidence will be generated the more we use our voice.