Challenging Colorblindness: A Multigenerational Conversation on Race, Identity and Equality
- February 7, 2015, 10:30 to 1:30
- Location: All Saints Episcopal Church, St. Louis
Have you ever heard someone say, “I don’t see color, it doesn’t matter to me if someone is black, white, purple or polka dotted.” Generally, the person who makes such a comment possesses a genuine desire to build a racially equitable society. However, this approach to equality often leads to an erasure of the experiences people of color have in American society.
The goal of this Absalom Jones observation is to provide an opportunity for a multigenerational group to explore how race truly matters in American society. Participants will examine data and share stories that will allow them to explore how racial identity shapes the lived experiences of all Americans. Small group discussions will be led an intergenerational team of facilitators. The goal of the session is to better prepare the participants to live into their Baptismal Covenant of seeking and serving Christ in all persons, striving for justice and peace among all people, and respecting the dignity of every human being.
- Facilitator teams will be of varying ages, recruited by both the Youth Missioner and the Diocesan Commission on Dismantling Racism
- Data on various aspects of racial inequities will be presented (East/West Gateway Council Report, Racial Profiling, School Inequities, etc)
- Participants will work in facilitated, multigenerational listening circles throughout the event
- Youth and adult facilitators will have an opportunity to submit possible questions for listening circles before the event
- Lunch will be provided