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Spiritual Deepening

Grounding Exercise

Videos and Podcasts

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  1. Australian comedian Aamer Rahman breaks down colonization, enslavement, imperialism, systemic inequity, war, internalized racism and reverse racism–all in less than three minutes. (3 minutes) 

    Fear of a Brown Planet

  2. Riley J. Dennis discusses "reverse racism" and the phrase "not all white people."  I'm not saying that white people need to hate themselves or have guilt over this, I just think we need to recognize our role as people who have benefitted from racism and who are a part of a group that has oppressed and continues to oppress black people.  And then we need to work to fight against that.  (7 minutes)

    Not all white people? Reverse Racism? Seriously?

  3. Paul Rucker shares artifacts from the slave trade to explore systemic racism and what it looks like today. (7 minutes)

    The symbols of systemic racism

  4. Or watch this series of nine short videos about Systemic Racism, produced by Race Forward and featuring Jay Smooth.  The videos touch on systemic racism in housing, infant mortality, the wealth gap, drug arrests, employment, and immigration policy.  Each video is about 1 minute long.

  1. Listen to the Code Switch podcast episode: Location, Location, Location (35 minutes), April 11, 2018.  When we talk about race in America, we're also talking about place in America... When we're talking about racial disparities and family wealth, when we're talking about health outcomes, when we're talking about schools closing, when we're talking about policing, we're really talking about where we live. And in America, we live apart, and none of that is accidental.

    (You can listen to the audio on the website or read the transcript.  You can also listen to the episode on your phone or tablet using a podcast app and looking for the Code Switch podcast).

  1. Questions for Reflection

    Do any of the definitions challenge your understanding of these terms? Do any of these definitions make you feel uncomfortable?

    Has your understanding of race and racism changed over the years? In what ways? 

    When did I make a decision to stand up for collective liberation and against racism (today, this week, this year)?

    Where was there pain and confusion in me today?

    Where did I feel joy today?

    How could I have been a better ally or upstander to people in situations of oppression different from my own?

    When did someone extend compassion and forgiveness to me today?

    What is my earliest memory about race? About my racial identity? Looking back, what early messages did I receive from family and larger circles about our group and other groups?  

    As I think about my racial identity, I notice the feelings that come up. Where in my body do my feelings arise? If that part of my body could speak, what would it say?

    What’s good about being my racial identity?

    What are the costs of my racial identity?

    As you pay attention to your own racial identity and the racist society we live in, consider taking a daily inventory: 

    How has my racial identity shown up today?

    What did I notice today that was a product of white supremacy? Did I notice anyone disrupt it?