We are forming a book club to deepen the conversations that have taken place over the last few weeks in our community. This discussion group will discuss pertinent topics for families. We will focus on learning about antiracism, what it means, and what it looks like to be an Anti-Racist. We will begin with an article by Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs entitled From Christian Cooper to George Floyd: A Letter to White Parents. After reading the article, please participate in this form where you will list words that stood out to you. These will be used to make a word cloud and be part of our discussion at 7pm on Thursday June 18th on Zoom.
This work is paramount for all of us with privilege. Together we can create a supportive safe environment to learn and do better. In preparation of talking about racism, please look at the following statements and reflect on how you are feeling.
Consider the following statements and select the one that best describes how you feel.
I would rather not talk about race/racism.
I am very uncomfortable talking about race/racism.
I am usually uncomfortable talking about race/racism.
I am sometimes uncomfortable talking about race/racism.
I am usually comfortable talking about race/racism.
I am very comfortable talking about race/racism.
Then use a sentence-stem activity to self-reflect.
The hard part of talking about race/racism is …
The beneficial part of talking about race/racism is …
Remember, no matter where you fall on the spectrum above all are welcome to this discussion group at 7pm on Thursday June 18th on Zoom. We plan to have this book club weekly, with short readings and or chapters to discuss. If you can’t make this week feel free to drop into another one as we progress.
We hope to see you there,
Katie Pearl, Assistant Principal & Amy Gallagher, Eagle Staff PTSA
(Please email Katie Pearl if you need a zoom link.)