Thank you for assigning us to Read Just Mercy.  Among many things, I took from this book that many are treated differently because of their race.  This is infuriating.  Since reading the book, my eyes have been opened – because they were not to the unethical ways we tend to treat people who are ‘different’ than our self.   My world has been very privileged, and this privilege has led me to ignore some of the other races and ways they are impacted by our daily behaviors.  Simple stuff… not complex or hateful but simple discussions – like… I was sure to call someone in my group “black” or “African-American” when I was describing her.  As in, Jamie is the __________ black lady sitting at the end of the table.  See simple, because sometimes it helps to be able to identify a person when you are sending someone for directions.

After reading this book I had a simple friendly discussion with Jamie about what she preferred.  She was very willing to talk about this and how she feels about being called an “African American” – she said “I am from Maryland, LOL”…  As a leader of a small group I have the ability to talk with my team individually and learn more about who they are.  I was thankful to be able to talk about our class and diversity among our small group.

I hope to use some of the ideas from the Bias book to grow the knowledge and perceptions of others in my group, too.

One Reply to “Race”

  1. Your comments about Just Mercy remind me of how much by grouping people by some trait we fail to recognize them as individuals. For me, this is the most disappointing piece of all the bias and social injustice discussions. The loss of individuality and capability through group bias.
    Like you, my friends of all races are very open to discussing the differences. They typically are as interested in knowing about what it is like to be my race as much as I am interested in learning about theirs.

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