I often describe EPIP gatherings as scenes that evoke images reminiscent of a United Colors of Benetton advertisement. Our members come in all hues and orientations. That is the beauty of our organization. We are extremely diverse and comfortable coming together to discuss how we can work to make the world a better place.
However, talking about race isn’t a comfortable task. We all come to the conversation with different sets of experiences that frame how we see the world. We also live in communities that have long histories impacted by race, affecting how different groups interact with each other.
I hope EPIP members take up President Obama’s charge to have a national conversation about race in the wake of the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent Zimmerman trial verdict. Below are links to a few resources that might be helpful in sparking discussion.
EPIP looks forward to creating spaces for difficult conversations that make a difference. We want to be an example of what is possible when we engage in the hard work necessary to create a beloved community.
- A conversation on what race is – http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-rachel-maddow-show/49157315
- Understanding implicit bias and social justice by EPIP member Hayley Roberts http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/implicit-bias-and-social-justice
- Imagining an end to racial profiling http://opportunityagenda.org/files/field_file/racial_profiling.pdf
- Ten lessons for talking about racial equity in the age of Obama http://opportunityagenda.org/talking_points_ten_lessons_talking_about_racial_equity_age_obama