TOPICAL DISCUSSION GROUP
BREAKING DOWN RACISM
Facilitator: Jason Daum
Breaking Down Racism
March 24 – May 26, 2021
Wednesdays, 8:00 – 9:00 PM
In this ten-week study, we’ll dive into the topic of American Racism. What is racism? What are the root causes of racism in the United States? And, what is our opportunity, as Christians, in dismantling racism and systems of oppression in our community.
In our time together we’ll stretch our understanding of race and racism, reflect on our personal experiences with race and racism, wallow in our discomfort, seek repentance where it’s needed and prayerfully act.
There’s no cost. There’s not even a book you have to read.
All you have to do is show up and dig in!
March 24: Breaking Down Racism, Introduction
What is race? What is racism? What are the various kinds of racism that show up in our culture?
March 31: Categories
How do we group ourselves into categories? How are those categories reinforced?
April 7: Factions
What causes disputes between the racial categories that we form? Why is one group “better” than another?
April 14: Segregation
How have racial categories been divided in the United States at a macro and micro level?
April 21: Hierarchy
Hierarchy exists in every society, what hierarchy exists in the U.S. and how does it create disparities within our society?
April 28: Power
Who has power in the U.S.? What has that power allowed them to do?
May 5: Media
How does the portrayal of racial categories, factions, segregation, hierarchy and power in media reinforce American racism?
May 12: Passivism (Ignorance)
How does apathy toward racial advantage show up in White America? Where does it start, and how can we course correct?
May 19: Passivism (Denial)
How does ignorance lead to denial that racism exists or is a problem affecting all Americans today?
May 26: Passivism (Observing Inaction)
How does inaction lead to further inaction, denial and ignorance? How does this affect White people vs. BIPOC?