I hope you are having a good week and that you are stopping by the Trinity 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge page frequently. For 21 days (or the entire 40 days of Lent) we are encouraging participants in the challenge to do one action daily to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity. This link directs you to multiple options for reading, watching, listening, noticing, engaging in and reflecting upon racial equity.
Today I am exploring the concept of ‘noticing’ the world around me from a racial equity perspective. To begin, I encourage everyone to watch the very brief (approximately 1 minute) video found here:
After watching I think you might agree with me that we tend to notice what we are looking for, and to ignore that which may not be on our ‘radar.’ I am challenging myself to pay more attention to
- Who is (and is not) represented in the ads I watch on TV and see in magazines?
- What are the last five books I read? What is the racial mix of the authors?
- What is the racial mix of the main characters in my favorite TV shows? Movies?
- Who is filling what kinds of jobs/social roles in my world? (e.g. who’s the store manager and who’s stocking the shelves? Who’s waiting on tables and who’s busing the food?) Are these roles correlated to racial identity?
What do you notice in your daily round? Are you surprised by what you notice? Are you inspired to make any changes, and if so what might you change?