If you have not already seen it, or even if you have, watch the Jay Smooth TEDx Talk – “How I learned to stop worrying and love discussing race.”
Then on a scale of 0-5, rate how comfortable you are talking about race and racism:
0 = I would rather not talk about race/racism.
1 = I am very uncomfortable talking about race/racism.
2 = I am usually uncomfortable talking about race/racism.
3 = I am sometimes uncomfortable talking about race/racism.
4 = I am usually comfortable talking about race/racism.
5 = I am very comfortable talking about race/racism.
How comfortable are you talking about race with those with whom you work most closely in the food system? (If you did the Challenge last year, how does your answer this year compare with your response last year? If different, what has contributed to that difference?) What are the implications? How might you become more comfortable talking with others about race and racism?
Also take a look at the Courageous Conversations Compass from Glenn Singleton, which was created to help people understand how we each process and engage with information about race. It is a way to understand one another’s opinions and beliefs. According to the compass, there are 4 ways that people deal with race: Emotional, Intellectual, Moral, and Social. How do you typically deal with and enter into conversations about race and racism?