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Day 1: 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
Submitted by Renee BuddingBodhi on Mon, 1/16/2017, 7:00am
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word." Martin Luther King, Jr.
To me, I couldn't imagine a better day to start a 21 Day Racial Equality challenge than Martin Luther King's birthday. This challenge was created by Dr. Eddie Moore & Debby Irving, and is offered to our community as a way to support the commitment of learning, talking and taking action to address racial injustice. I do not pretend to have the answers on how to make the world a better place, but for me, I believe a good place to start is to take the time to look at ourselves and our own perceptions and learn everything we can.
For 21 days, I will provide prompts - and my own responses to the prompts in the comments section below - to allow us to think and talk about systematic racism and racial equality. To post your responses in the comments section, please register as a user on the website (it's free and easy). The 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge is meant to be a safe space for reflection, and we request that your comments be considerate and respectful. Each of us are starting and coming from different places and experiences in our lives, and this challenge can be approached as an opportunity to practice holding multiple views and opinions with compassion and patience.
Some guidelines to consider before posting:
- Seriously consider what others have to say
- Listen to understand rather than listen to reply
- Realize that everyone is at a different place in this journey
- Use "I" statements
- Create a space that allows for emotions without having the emotions take over the space
- Read our Rules and Guidelines for Posting
The first prompt is to think about why reflect on why you signed up for the 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge.
- Name at least 3 reasons why you signed up.
- What are you hoping to gain from this experience?
- What are you hoping to give to this experience by participating?
Post responses in comments section below. We encourage you to share on Facebook and/or Twitter, too, with hashtag #IDPEquityChallenge.
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