Here you can find our suggested Topics and Inspiration Prompts for your small Racial Affinity Group, or individual work.

October 2019

B.I.P.O.C. Groups

October 2019 Topic and Prompts

Topic: What is a Racial Affinity Group?

Link to definition of Racial Affinity Group by Ruth King.

Inspiration Quote:

In a RAG, we put ourselves in intentional spaces with people of our same race, where we can be safe enough to be vulnerable, challenged, and unedited; to examine the stories we have been told and the stories we tell ourselves; to lean toward what is unfamiliar and away from what is habitual; and to understand what is difficult to acknowledge, feel, and attend to within us and among us as a racial group.”

-Ruth King

Discussion Prompts

  • How does processing the definition or potential of such a group land in my body?

  • Do I feel I would benefit from processing in a Racial Affinity Group? If yes, how specific to my identity would I like that group to be?

White Bodied Groups

October 2019 Topic and Prompts

Topic: What does it mean to be a White person, and what is our role in the work of Social Justice?

Link to James Baldwin essay.

Link to Podcast “Seeing White.”

Inspiration Quote:

White people in this country will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this—which will not be tomorrow and may very well be never—the Negro problem* will no longer exist, for it will no longer be needed.” 

-James Baldwin, Letter From a Region In My Mind. New Yorker Magazine, November, 1962.

*The language used by Baldwin, “the Negro problem” was a catch all term used to describe complex Social Justice issues in the political discourse of the 1950s and 1960s. Parallels can be drawn to the #BlackLivesMatter movement of today- we encourage you to consider substituting #BlackLivesMatter in this quote as possible update for a richer understanding. Ie. “the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag would no longer exist, for it would no longer be needed.”

Discussion Prompts

  • Do I see myself as a White person and what dynamics create my Whiteness?

  • How does the consideration of Whiteness land in my body?

  • How might my Whiteness affect my own lived experience, or that of others (white and non-white),

    • A. If I am aware of it?

    • B. If I am unaware of it?

    • C. Despite any awareness I may or may not have of it?