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Racism, Trauma, and What’s Next

YWCA Tri-County Area is excited to offer our Issue Education Book Study with a focus on So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo . This book study will occur virtually every other Monday at 6 pm on the dates listed below.

YWCA Tri-County Area presents this Racism, Trauma, and What’s Next with our focus to issue education with our goal to host courageous conversations about racism and inequality present in the many facets of our culture and society.

Many have said that we need to have a conversation about racism and inequality. We agree that it is always important to have deep and constructive conversations and discussions about race and racism, and then we must turn our talk into action.

Following every Issue Education opportunity there will be a call to action which may include the following: contacting US Senators demanding senate to restore the voting rights act (H.R.1) to reduce voter suppression as we plan for future voter elections, policy change and/or reform, assisting local and neighboring communities with gaps they are experiencing, engage local and state leaders to demand policy change and/or reform, etc.

Issue Education: Book Study

SessionTopic*Date
Session #1Introduction - Chapter 3June 14, 2021
Session #2Chapter 4 - Chapter 6June 28, 2021
Session #3Chapter 7 - Chapter 10July 12, 2021
Session #4Chapter 11 - Chapter 14July 26, 2021
Session #5Chapter 15 - EndAugust 9, 2021
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Stacey Woodland, CEO of YWCA Tri-County
While slavery may have been America's original sin, it sure has found plenty of other ways to transgress against black people since.
Stacey Woodland, YW3CA CEO

Issue Education Book Study: So You Want to Talk About Race

YWCA Tri-County Area is excited to offer our Issue Education Book Study for this advocacy series. All change begins with conversation, and YW’s advocacy series’ goal is to start the conversation about race, racism, and inequality present in the many facets of our culture and society.

This book study will focus on So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy — from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans — has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair — and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

You do not have to read any of the book to be prepared for the first session. For this session, we will introduce the literature, provide introductions of our discussion leaders, review Courageous Conversation practices, and offer homework for the following session. Most importantly, we will be establishing ground rules for the following biweekly discussions centered around privilege, racism, and social justice.

This book study will occur virtually every other Monday at 6 pm on the following dates: June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9. We will send out reminder emails to those who have registered with the Zoom link to access the event the day of each session.

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