We can’t wait for you to join us via Zoom this Sunday at 2 p.m. for a discussion of So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, Chapters 6-11.
Come learn and make new friends in a welcoming, friendly, and compassionate space. We’ll divide into breakout rooms and focus on Discussion Questions 3 and 4 at the back of the book (on pages 254-255).
FREE and Pay-What-You-Can tickets available. Register here via EventBrite. Please note DFC is not a nonprofit organization and therefore cash gifts are not tax-deductible but greatly appreciated.
Buy the paperback from Old Firehouse Books. Receive a 20% discount when you mention Diverse Fort Collins book group. Mention the discount in the notes when ordering online.
Download the free Reading Guide and Discussion Questions. These are also included at the end of the book.
Question 3: The author states that she grew up in a major white, liberal area and was raised by a white mother. How might that upbringing have influenced the way she wrote this book? How might it have influenced the personal events she describes in the book? How might this book have been different if written by a black person with a different upbringing, or if written by a person of color of a different race?
Questions 4: Throughout the book, the author makes it clear that this book was written for both white people and people of color. But does the author expect white people and people of color to read and experience this book in the same way? What are some of the ways in which the author indicates how she expects white people and people of color to react to and interact with portions of the book? What are some of the ways in which the author discusses the different roles that white people and people of color will play in fighting systemic racism in our society?
News from the Diverse Fort Collins
Advisory Committee to Announce Upcoming Events
The DFC Advisory Committee meets monthly and will decide on upcoming Discussion Series selections at its March 10 meeting. Our book group facilitators will also weigh in.
Exciting news: We’re expanding our discussions this year to include podcasts and movies! We’ll share more information soon on a podcast in May, a novel in July, and a film in October.
Check out our Vote! page for information and news on the upcoming city election.
NEWS FROM AROUND FORT COLLINS
Musicians Celebrate Fort Collins Diversity in New Video
Cary Morin and Ghost Dog’s new song “Trust” produced by Maple Street Music in Fort Collins video celebrates the natural landscapes and diverse residents of Fort Collins.
The next time someone says “Fort Collins has no diversity,” show them this video to help raise awareness of the diversity that exists in our community and in our schools. See more information from the city on this topic at fcgov.com/equity.
City to Hire Chief Equity Officer
The City of Fort Collins recently held employee and community Listening Sessions to inform the hiring of the city’s first Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer and creation of an Equity Office. Read more in the The Collegian article.
Podcast: On The One, “Identity, Community and Passing It On with Jamal Skinner”
“Why BIPOC is an inadequate acronym” by Kearie Daniel
“I just can’t understand why grouping such distinct identities together is necessary—or how it could be beneficial to any of the identities in question. It turns out I’m not alone.” Read more.
“Google is free. On the importance of white allies doing their own work” by author and professor Leah Johnson
Excerpt: “…There was a room full of other people just as capable as me of speaking up and speaking out. And they also chose to be silent.
“I’m not going to feel guilty anymore for not always answering to the undue burden of responsibility that has been placed on my shoulders, and the shoulders of my sisters, to educate white folks. Instead I’m going to challenge y’all, particularly white women, to do your own work. And I don’t mean just in the classroom, though that’s where I experience it most often. I mean everywhere: in your activism, in this movement. I’m asking you to do the research on what has been my lived experience for the past 22 years. I’m asking you to stand up, in your positions of privilege, in the spaces with other folks who look like you and Do. The. Work.” Read more.
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