21 Day Challenge
This challenge invites you to do something every day to raise your awareness of race, power, and privilege. You will be introduced to voices and perspectives different than your own through articles, videos, and podcasts.
Each day you will choose one way of engagement and reflect in a journal. From the countless resources available, we have pulled together a list of 50 options to choose from, with additional resources listed at the bottom of the page. At the end of the challenge, there will be opportunities to gather in small groups on Zoom to share our reflections.
Before you begin, please sign the pledge to the right.
There is so much information available, it is hard to know where to start. I have used a model originally designed by Eddie Moore’s 21 day challenge and Myers' Park Presbyterian Church along with resources found in the Facebook Group Be The Bridge to compile a list of resources that will hopefully be meaningful for youth and adults, for those who are well read on issues of race and for those who this is your first time. I am grateful to all who have sent me suggestions and will continue to add to the Other Resources section with new material.
Speak Up! Responding to Everyday Bigotry, by Southern Poverty Law Center
RACE - the power of an Illusion, by California Newsreel
Ahmaud Arbery Holds Us Accountable, by Jim Barger, Jr.
21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear On A Daily Basis, by Heben Nigatu
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by Peggy McIntosh
Guide to Allyship, by Amelie Lamont
Dear White Parents of My Black Child’s Friends: I Need Your Help, by Maralee Bradley
What White Children Need To Know About Race, by Ali Michael and Eleanora Bartoli
Caught Up In God, by Willie James Jennings
Who gets to be afraid in America?, by Ibram X. Kendi
White Privilege, The Thoughtful Christian
What Is White Privilege, Really?, by Cory Collins
What is implicit bias? (2 min)
Am I biased? (3 min)
Stop Shooting Us, Please (3 min)
Before you call the cops (3 min)
Debunking Myths about Race (3 min)
Racism is Real (3 min)
Systemic Racism Explained (5 min)
Seeing White Fragility (6 min)
Implicit Association Test (10 min)
Do kids see race? (10 min)
Weaponizing white privilege (video)
Weaponizing white privilege (article)
The Power of an Illusion (PBS documentary)
13th, Netflix documentary (1 hr 40 min)
Selma (2 hr 2 min)
Hidden Figures (2 hr 6 min)
Just Mercy (2h 17min)
The Hate U Give (2 hr 52 min)
Once people start to learn about white privilege and America’s systems of oppression through history, they often ask, “Why didn’t I see this sooner?” It’s easy to overlook what we’re not looking for. Once you understand the phenomenon of selective noticing, take yourself on a noticing adventure.
Watch TV tonight, then ask yourself:
Who is and is not represented in ads?
What is the racial mix of the main characters in your favorite TV shows?
Think about the last five books you read.
What is the racial mix of the authors?
How were characters of color portrayed compared to characters who were white?
Think back to a typical week pre-pandemic.
What was the the racial composition of the people around you?
What percentage of the day were you able to be with people of you same racial identity?
Notice your neighborhood and surrounding community.
How is housing arranged?
Who lives near the downtown commerce area and who does not?
What is the density of a given neighborhood?
Can you correlate any of this to racial identity?
** JUNETEENTH **
Please take some time before Friday, June 19 to learn about this important day not only in African American history, but in American history.
Here are a few resources to get you started:
I wonder how your community is celebrating this day? I wonder how your family might honor its meaning?
White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo
Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, Beverly Daniel Tatum
So you want to talk about race, Ijeoma Oluo
Raising White Kids, Jennifer Harvey
How to be an AntiRacist, Ibram X Kendi
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Becoming, Michelle Obama
Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult
Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson
The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander
The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson