AN INVITATION TO ENGAGE IN A “COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION”
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Getting to the root of equity requires us to confront our own, and our society’s biases, and engage in “courageous conversations.” (https://maec.org/hidden-biases-tough-for-schools-to-erase)
We invite youth ages 13 to 24 to enter the conversation. We encourage personal written works (1-3 minutes long) or pieces of art that speak to the topic, “How has racism affected me?” Youth are encouraged to be creative and form their entry in a personal way, based on their own experience. Youth should be encouraged to focus on the dynamics of institutional racism, rather than grammar, punctuation and spelling. Definition of Institutional Racism Structural Racism describes forms of racism which are structured into political and social institutions. It occurs when organizations, institutions or governments discriminate, either deliberately or indirectly, against certain groups of people to limit their rights. This form of racism reflects the cultural assumptions of the dominant group, so that the practices of that group are seen as the norm to which other cultural practices should conform. It regularly and systematically advantages some ethnic and cultural groups and disadvantages and marginalizes others. (http://www.racismnoway.com.au/teachingresources/factsheets/32.html) All entries will be recognized and entrants will be asked to share on our website and/or Facebook. Some representatives will be invited to share with community in Santa Fe for Anti-Racism Day at the Legislature on February 3rd, 2016. They may be asked to read/display their entries on the Senate floor in the morning, at a table during the day and will be part of the Anti-Racism Day Program in the Rotunda at 1pm in the afternoon. We will provide a stipend to help defray costs for both chaperones and representatives for travel to Santa Fe. Due to the amount of work done by AntiRacism Day committee on that day, we ask that representatives younger than the age of 18 be accompanied by an adult for the entire day. Members of NMHEWG will help coordinate travel.