The Center for the Healing of Racism offers Dialogue: Racism, an eight-week process, which provides a safe, respectful, and loving atmosphere for individuals to learn new information, share their experiences, dispel the fears and guilt, get to know each other, and come together.
Houston Zen Center, 1605 Heights Boulevard
Monday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.
October 5 through November 23, 2015
Week One: Defining Prejudice and Racism and How Racism is Perpetuated. Childhood experiences, misinformation, and separation. The Eye of the Storm DVD chronicles Jane Elliott’s now famous exercise where she divides her class based upon the color of their eyes and bestows upon one group privileges and on the other group impediments.
Week Two: Unaware Racism and White Privilege: Unaware racism arises out of racial conditioning that everyone imbibes, often without being aware of it. Far from the overt hatred of racist groups, unaware racism shows up in daily contact among groups. White privilege arises from the systemic advantage of one group over others. The DVD White Privilege 101 helps us see its effects.
Week Three: Stereotypes and How They Affect Us: The awarding-winning documentary, Ethnic Notions, shows the deep-rooted stereotypes and dehumanizing caricatures that have fueled anti-Black prejudice.
Week Four: Cultural Racism: Culture is transmitted through language and traditions, both verbally and non-verbally. When one culture is regarded as standard, even superior, other cultures and their cultural forms are denigrated. When a group’s culture is held to be inferior, cultural genocide can result. The film Healing the Hurts depicts the effects of residential schools on Native Americans.
Week Five: Internalized Racism: When the anger, hurt, and frustration turn inward. The short film Shadeism explores the discrimination that exists between the lighter-skinned and darker-skinned members of the same community and how it affects young women within the African, Caribbean, and South Asian Diasporas.
Week Six: Institutionalized Racism: Exploring the systems that affect us daily: the media, justice, educational, health care and economic systems. Viewing the DVD of the keynote address by Michelle Alexander on her book The New Jim Crow, we will hear her finding, “There are more African Americans under correctional control today—in prison or jail, on probation or parole—than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.”
Week Seven: Oneness of Humanity and The Next Steps: Race is a human invention. We will view the DVD Race: The Power of an Illusion, “one of the most honest and compelling documentary series on race and its impact on this nation’s culture and politics, as well as on economic status.” Once we see our oneness, we’ll explore some of the ways to put this knowledge into action.
Week Eight: Group Potluck. Whether you can bring food or not, don’t neglect this last evening together to share in the joy of a beloved community.
The sessions are free and open to the public, with donations encouraged; registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Center’s office (713) 520-8226, or by signing up at the Zen Center or calling the Zen Center (713) 869-1952. Street parking, so come a bit early!
The Mission of the Center for the Healing of Racism: Our mission is to facilitate the healing of racism through education and dialogue in a safe and supportive environment in order to empower individuals and transform communities.