We invite youth ages 12 to 25 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/teaching-resources/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 the 2018 Anti-Racism Day at the Legislature. 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 in the afternoon. We will provide a stipend to help defray costs for representatives to travel to Santa Fe. Due to the amount of work done by Anti-Racism 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.
2018 Anti-Racism Day
DEADLINE for submission of entries:
Saturday, September 30th, 2017
Entries can be emailed to: email@example.com
All entries will be recognized and entrants will be asked to share their works on our website and/or Facebook.
These instructions are available at:
The New Mexico Health Equity Working Group Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NMHEWG
To Help You Think About Institutional Racism
The Gardener’s Tale by Camara Jones, MD, PHD
YouTube video adaptation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M0du3lS7rA
“Let’s imagine a gardener who has 2 flower boxes, one that she knows to be filled with rich, fertile soil and another that she knows to be filled with poor, rocky soil. This gardener has 2 packets of seeds for the same type of flower. However, the plants grown from one packet of seeds will bear pink blossoms, while the plants grown from the other packet of seeds will bear red blossoms. The gardener prefers red over pink, so she plants the red seed in the rich fertile soil and the pink seed in the poor rocky soil. And sure enough, what I witnessed in my own garden comes to pass in this garden too. All of the red flowers grow up and flourish, with the fittest growing tall and strong and even the weakest making it to a middling height. But in the box with the poor rocky soil, things look different. The weak among the pink seeds don’t even make it, and the strongest among them grow only to a middling height. In time the flowers in these 2 boxes go to seed, dropping their progeny into the same soil in which they were growing. The next year the same thing happens, with the red flowers in the rich soil growing full and vigorous and strong, while the pink flowers in the poor soil struggle to survive. And these flowers go to seed. Year after year, the same thing happens. Ten years later the gardener comes to survey her garden. Gazing at the 2 boxes, she says, “I was right to prefer red over pink! Look how vibrant and beautiful the red flowers look, and see how pitiful and scrawny the pink ones are.”
The Unequal Opportunity Race from the African American Policy Forum:
YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBb5TgOXgNY