21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge (2021)
In support of our 8th Principle work, the Social Action Committee offered a 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge© from October 11-31, 2021, with a goal of helping us to make a habit out of anti-racist thinking and behavior.
Have you ever made a successful change in your life? Perhaps you wanted to exercise more, make more healthy food choices, get organized, or change jobs? Think about the time and attention you dedicated to the process. A lot, right? Change is hard. Creating effective social justice habits – particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege, supremacy, and leadership – is like any lifestyle change. Setting our intentions and adjusting what we spend our time doing is essential. It’s all about building new habits.
This 21-Day Challenge furthers our understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity and help us develop a habit of anti-racist thinking and behavior.
When you accept the challenge, you can work through this list of daily activities to complete, such as reading, watching a video, exploring resource-rich websites, taking action, reflecting, etc. You may do this in 21 days or whatever suits your schedule.
21-day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge© at UUCLV
READ: “Capitalism is Built on the Backs of Black Women” by Sarah Lazare.
WATCH: Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo, talk done for the UMC General Commission on Race & Religion (20 minutes)
Take any one of the Project Implicit’s Hidden Bias tests, created by psychologists at top universities, to uncover some of your own unconscious biases.
READ: “Your Silence Is a Knee on My Neck”, The Player’s Tribune (May 30, 2020) and WATCH/listen to this song: June 5th by WALE.
OPTIONAL: Watch/listen to this song: They Don’t Really Care About Us by Michael Jackson.
WATCH: I Am Not Your Negro – Future of America, (Video Clip) (Feb 3, 2017)*
OPTIONAL: Watch/listen to the following songs: Black Rage – Lauryn Hill (video recommended) & This is America – Childish Gambino (video recommended)
READ: “I Was a Racist Teacher and I Didn’t Even Know It”, Education Post (Aug 24, 2017)
LISTEN: “Don’t Call the Cops: Walter & Pam“ – an episode of the Do the Work Podcast hosted by Brandon Kyle Goodman.
(Do the Work explores race and relationships. Each episode is an intimate conversation between two people who know each other well, and have had or are still having a struggle to cross the racial barrier. The podcast brings them together so they can finally have a real conversation about race, and we can all learn how to be anti-racist in our daily lives.)
READ: “This ‘Equity’ picture is actually White Supremacy at work” – Sippin the EquiTEA reframes a well worn equity v equality graphic.
LISTEN/WATCH: Same As It Ever Was by Michael Franti & Spearhead
READ: In Defense of Looting, NPR Code Switch (Aug 27, 2020)
WATCH: Black Trans* Lives Matter | D-L Stewart, TEDxCSU (April 22, 2019). [15 minute video]
READ Perspectives in Poetry:
- Richard Wright – Between the World and Me (Author Bio)
- Langston Hughes – Harlem (Author Bio)
- June Jordan – Poem for Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer (Author Bio)
- Audre Lorde – Who Said it Was Simple (Author Bio)
- Claudia Rankine – You are in the dark, in the car . . . (Author Bio)
- Alice Walker – The World Rising (Author Bio)
WATCH: Defund the Police Project Nia & Blue Seat Studios explain the racist origins of U.S. policing, and paint a vision for what shifting resources from police budgets to housing, food, and other basic life needs can look like (4 mins)
READ: “These US cities defunded police: ‘We’re transferring money to the community'”
OPTIONAL – LISTEN: Baltimore by Prince
WATCH: The Hidden History of Indian Slavery in America – Exposes the history of the enslavement of 2.5-5 million native peoples in the Americas, beginning the moment Christopher Columbus arrived. (40 minutes)
WATCH: ‘We the People’ – the three most misunderstood words in US history TED Talk by Mark Charles offers a unique perspective on three of the most misinterpreted words in American History and their connection to obstructing life, liberty, and justice for all people (17mins)
WATCH: “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race” – Jay Smooth