Do you understand the history of America's economy?
Do you wonder about making reparations?
Do you have a bank account?
Do you talk about race?
Do you talk regularly about white privilege or white supremacy?
Are any of your friends racist?
Are you at all racist?
What do you imagine would be the answers to these questions by someone from a different race, color, etc. than yourself?
14 Questions to Answer as Slowly as Necessary
Are you white? What is the history of whiteness? Is anyone white? If so, who?
Are you familiar with your ancestry beyond that of your lived experience? Where are your people from? How did their experience form their values?
Did you attend any college? What are a few of the factors that made that possible? What do you know about the history of your institution? When you attended that college, were you clear about its values?
Are you generally appreciated in your life? When/if you are, in what ways? When/if you aren't, why not? How do you react when you are or are not appreciated?
Do you expect to be treated fairly? If you do, in what ways? If you don't, why not? How do you react when you aren't treated fairly?
Do you continue to study, read about, or analyze history? If you do, in what ways? If you don't, why not?
Do you explore the characteristics and values of your culture? If you do, in what ways? If you don't, why not?
Do you understand the roots of America's commodity-based economy? Describe your understanding to the best of your ability using less than 200 words.
Do you ever wonder about reparations to the indigenous people of the Americas or African Americans? Why or why not?
Do you have a bank account? What is the origin of that account historically and in your own lifetime? What are some of the events that made the account possible?
Do you talk about race regularly with your family and friends? Would you like to talk about it less or more? Why do or don't you talk about it?
Do you talk about white privilege or white supremacy regularly with your family and friends? Would you like to talk about it less or more? Why do or don't you talk about it?
Do you know any people who are at all racist? How do you identify racism in others? What are the histories of the words, "race" and "racist?" When has the word "racism" show up in your life? In what contexts?
Have you ever been or are you now at all racist? In what ways were/are you racist? What experiences in your life formed your impressions of black and brown people? How have you gotten stuck or free? How do you maintain your stuckness or freedom?