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10 Honors –MPHS
A Lesson Before Dying
We will discuss your responses when we come together as=
RACIAL INJUSTICE AWARENESS ACTIVITY
the number of the statements that are accurate to your life (race).
- I can, if I wish, arrange=
be in the company of people of my race most of the time.
- I can go shopping alone m=
of the time, pretty well assured store personnel will not follow me.=
- I can turn on the televis=
or open the front page of the newspaper and see people of my race wide=
- When I am told about our
national heritage and about “civilization,” I am shown that
people of my color made it what it is.
- I can be sure that I will=
given materials in school that represent my race.
- I can go into a music shop
and find music of my race represented, or into a supermarket and find
staple foods that fit with my cultural tradition, or into a
hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can cut my hair.
- I can do well in a
challenging situation without being told that I am a credit to my race=
- I can remain ignorant of =
language and customs of persons of color who are the world’s
majority without feeling in my culture any penalty for such ignorance.=
- If a traffic cop pulls me
over, I can be sure it is not because of my race.
- I can go home from most
meetings of organizations I belong to feeling something in common with
others, rather than feeling isolated, out of place, outnumbered, unhea=
held at a distance, or feared.
- I can worry about racism
without being seen as self-seeking or self-interested.
- I can take a job with an
affirmative action employer without having my co-workers on the job
suspect that I got it because of my race.
- If I should need to move,=
can be pretty sure of renting or buying in an area which I could afford
and in which I would want to live.
- I can be pretty sure that=
neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me.
- Whether I use checks, cre=
cards, or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the
appearance of financial reliability.
- I can arrange to protect =
children most of the time from people who might not like them.
- I can swear, or dress in
second-hand clothes, or not answer letters without having people attri=
those choices to bad morals, the poverty, or the illiteracy of my race=
- I can be pretty sure if I=
to talk to the “person in charge” I will be facing a perso=
- I can easily buy posters,
post-cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys, and
children’s magazines featuring people of my race.
- I can be late to a meeting
without having my lateness reflect on my race.
- I can choose public
accommodations without fearing that people of my race cannot get in or
will be mistreated in the places I have chosen.
- I can be sure that if I n=
or medical help, my race will not work against me.
- I can arrange my activiti=
so that I will never have to experience feelings of rejection owing to=
- I can easily find academic
courses and institutions that give attention to people of my race.
- I can choose blemish cove=
band-aids in “flesh” color and have them more or less matc=