Do you want to have a conversation about the changing racial demographics, what they mean, and how communities of color and immigrants are navigating and creating an inclusive America?
Here are some resources to get you started.
There are multiple ways to engage with the stories and themes in We Too Sing America. You could generate your own race talks; bring Deepa or the activists in the book to your campus, workplace or community center; or join a campus network of college activists using the book as a catalyst for conversation and action.
RACE TALKS AND ACTION
As our country’s racial landscape changes, we need more – not less – talk and action to dismantle the root causes of inequality and injustice affecting communities of color. Together, we can use storytelling, dialogue, and ideas to transform our communities.
How can you get involved?
Take the pledge to:
• Generate 2 conversations in your workplace, campus, center of worship, family
or network of friends about themes in We Too Sing America.
• Share your plans with a broader network of people having race talks.
The stories and narratives in the book bring to light the invisible narratives of post 9/11 America; identify the intersections and effects of national (in)security, racial anxiety, xenophobia and Islamophobia; and advance ideas and actions for creating inclusive and equitable communities. In the Appendix of the book and in the ‘Race Talk Toolbox’ below, you will find exercises and guiding questions to get you started.
RACE TALK TOOLBOX
Here, you will find two resources that I’ve developed with assistance from We Too Sing America‘s amazing interns, Kalyn Cai and Ylan Nguyen, to start off your Race Talk Toolbox.
• Using We Too Sing America as a Conversation Starter: This resource takes you step-by-step through a race talk that you can put together with family, friends, colleagues, and organizational members. It provides exercises and guiding questions that connect to the themes of the book.
• Race Talk Resources: This is list features preliminary resources that provide background information and talking points to assist with race talks. They come from organizations that are featured in We Too Sing America and/or sponsor the book.
Were these resources helpful? What else would you like to see to help with your race talks? Send Deepa an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your thoughts and ask for guiding questions, workshop tools, and resources.