|JW, PHS Students Receive Unity Awards|
The way that “Continuing Conversations on Race” works is — nothing said in the room, gets repeated outside the room. These monthly sessions are valuable, specifically for their confidentiality. However –after the last session, Roberto Schiraldi offered some additional insights on the comments that he had made, and we welcome his thoughts for this blog.
The problem — We don’t always know how to respond to racist or biased remarks and jokes. Laugh? Get upset? Ignore? Roberto had gone to a multicultural workshop led by Dr. Tina Paone of Monmouth University. Paone leads various diversity training workshops including “Take Off the Rose-Colored Glasses, Understanding Whiteness” (a full-day workshop) and “Race Card: How Does Systemic Racism Affect People of Color” (half-day). Some of Paone’s observations come from materials developed by International Training and Development LLC, 2007.
Click here for a preview of Ouch That Stereotype Hurts, am excellent video from that organization, which includes the following points.
-The first response can be as simple as “ouch”
Still, if you can’t come up with anything else — you can still say OUCH! “A simple, effective four-letter word carries a lot of meaning and puts a pause in the conversation which gives everyone time to think about what was said. You don’t have to sit silent when you want to speak up — and your voice will make a difference.”
The next Continuing Conversation on Race will be Monday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m., at the Princeton Public Library. You’re invited to…continue the conversation.
PHOTO by ROLAND GLOVER
These Princeton High School and John Witherspoon Middle School students were honored on May 6 for their efforts to promote respect for diversity and to advance the cause of race relations.
Not in Our Town Unity Awards were presented by Carole Krauthamer, fourth from left, to (left to right) Halima-Rakiya Gikandi, Handy Pierre, Sumaiyya Stephens, Isaiah Sigler, Jemima Nelson, and Milosh Popovic.
Congratulations to the six Princeton students who received Not in Our Town Unity Awards on May 6 at a reception at Princeton University’s Carl A. Fields Center. Each student received a certificate; they will also receive a gift at honors assemblies in their schools, scheduled for June 5 at Princeton High School and June 11 at John Witherspoon Middle School.
Not in Our Town aims to speak truth about ‘everyday racism’ and other forms of prejudice and discrimination, says Wilma Solomon, NIOT president. In cooperation with the Princeton Public Library, NIOT presents a monthly discussion series, “Continuing Conversations on Race.” The organization, which consists of representatives from a dozen faith communities, also sponsors book readings, workshops, film series, panels, and anti-racism demonstrations.
“Our hope is that Princeton will continue to grow as a town in which the ideals of friendship, community and pride in diversity prevail,” says Solomon.
The fact that you may honestly believe you are not biased does not free you from unconscious racism. This comes from an article by Toure in Time magazine.
“The racist mind need not hate every black person it encounters, and indeed not hating all may serve as a valuable safety valve, releasing pressure and proving to the mind itself that it is not racist. Few people want to think of themselves as bad or evil,” writes Toure.