RACIAL INJUSTICE AWARENESS ACTIVITY
Circle the statements that are true for your life or your ethnic group.
1. Most places I go, I can be in the company of people of my ethnic group without making a special effort.
2. I can go shopping
alone most of the time, pretty well assured store personnel will not follow
me in a
3. I can turn on the television or open the
front page of the newspaper and see people of my ethnic group
widely represented in a neutral or positive way.
4. When I am told about our national heritage
and about “civilization,” I am shown that
people of my color helped make it what it is.
5. I can be sure that my textbooks and other
school resources show pictures and include information that
represent my race or ethnic group.
6. I can go into most music shops and find
music of my ethnic group represented, or into
most supermarkets and find staple foods that fit with my cultural tradition.
7. I can do well in a challenging situation without being told that I am a credit to my race.
8. If a traffic cop pulls me over, I can be sure it is not because of my race or ethnic group.
9. 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, unheard
held at a distance, or feared.
10. I can worry or speak out about racism
without being seen as trying to get something out
of the situation selfishly for myself.
11. I can take a job with an affirmative
action employer, or accept a scholarship without
having people suspect that I got it because of my race.
12. If my family should need to move,
we can be pretty
sure of renting or buying in an area which we could
afford and in which we would want to live.
13. I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in
such a location will be neutral or pleasant to
me and my family.
14. I can count on my skin color being a
non-issue when I want to make a purchase by
check or credit card, instead of cash.
15. When I am responsible for young children,
I can arrange to protect them most of the time
from people who might not like them.
16. If I display unladylike or ungentlemanly
behavior, I know that people will attribute the
behavior to me personally, rather than to the “bad morals” of my race.
17. I can be pretty sure if I ask to talk to
the “person in charge” I will be facing a person
of my race.
18. I can easily find a wide selection of
posters, post-cards, picture books, greeting cards,
dolls, toys, and children’s magazines featuring people of my race or ethnic group.
19. I can be late to a class or meeting without having my lateness reflect on my ethnic group.
20. 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.
21. I can choose to dine in any restaurant I
want without feeling uncomfortable because of
my race or ethnic group.
21. I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help, my race will not work against me.
22. I can easily arrange my activities so that
I will never have to experience feelings of
rejection owing to my race.
23. I can easily find academic courses and
institutions that give attention to people
of my race or ethnic group.
24. I can choose blemish cover or band-aids in
“flesh” color and have them more or less
match my skin.
25. Most hairdressers’ shops know how to cut
my hair and carry products designed for my
type of hair.
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