ERIC Number: ED430847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Facing the Challenges of Racism and Race Relations: Democratic Dialogue and Action for Stronger Communities. 3rd Edition.
Flavin-McDonald, Catherine; McCoy, Martha L.
This discussion guide considers the issues of racism and race relations in the nation and in its communities and recognizes the importance of public dialogue as a critical step in making progress on those issues. The discussion guide is designed to help organize and facilitate the kind of dialogue about racism and race relations that can make a difference in a community. Within study circles (small group, democratic, participatory discussions) people have the chance to get to know one another, consider different points of view, explore disagreements, and discover common ground. As a result of sustained interracial democratic dialogue, thousands of people from all races and ethnicities are working together to make strides on difficult race-related issues. Some of the issues include crime, community-police relations, race relations among young people, diversity issues, and connecting citizens to governance. Discussion sessions are: (1) "Race relations and racism: Experiences, perceptions, and beliefs"; (2) "Dealing with race: What is the nature of the problem?; (3) "What should we do to make progress on race relations?"; (4) "What kinds of public policies will help us deal with race relations?"; and (5) "How can we move from words to action in our community?" Additional sections address how to use the guide and material for further discussion and action is given. This discussion guide, used primarily for community study groups, could be used in the secondary social studies classroom to initiate discussions on the history of racism, conflict resolution, and citizen participation in the community. (BT)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Citizenship Education, Community Action, Community Involvement, Community Problems, Group Discussion, Learning Activities, Racial Bias, Racial Relations, Social Problems
Study Circles Resource Center, P.O. Box 203, Pomfret, CT 06258; Tel: 860-928-3713 ($5).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Topsfield Foundation, Pomfret, CT. Study Circles Resource Center.
Note: For a related guide, see SO 029 704.