“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.” –Daniel J. Boorstin
1. Since you have become an adult, what have you learned about racism that surprised you? What were you not taught as a child or what subjects were avoided?
2. “Unearned privilege”: what advantages or disadvantages did your grandparents have from their skin color? My grandparents met at Emory University and Agnes Scott College here in Atlanta in 1930. Did they have privileges others did not? Did your parents benefit from the GI Bill or V2 programs after WWII? Were there jobs your parents or grandparents not allowed to pursue based on skin color? Were you “born on third base and thought you hit a triple?” p. 59 Did you know what “redlining” was and hear news reports even today of this happening? P. 44
3. How do you designate your own race on a census form? How do you notice differences between the races? For example, why is the NBA (National Basketball League) mostly African American and the MLB (Major League Baseball) or NHL (National Hockey League) mostly white? Why do most of our major institutions of higher learning have a disproportionate number of African-American’s? Do you buy Debby Irving’s statement that “whiteness…is but a pigment of the imagination”?
4. In your photo albums as a child, do you have pictures of children or adults of other races? What significant relationships did you have as a child and youth that shaped your views on race?