For our July 22, 2018 meeting, the A.D.O.R.E. (A Dialogue On Race and Ethnicity) group carried on an insightful discussion about Chapters 1-6 of the wonderful book, “So you want to talk about race,” by acclaimed writer
and speaker Ijeoma Oluo. In her book, Ms. Oluo “offers a clarifying discussion of the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on the issues that divide us. Positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans, and answers the questions readers don’t dare ask, like ‘What is cultural appropriation?’ ‘Why do I keep being told to check my privilege?’ ‘and ‘If I don’t support affirmative action, does that make me racist?’”
Over the past 2 ½ years, our A.D.O.R.E. group has developed the ability to delve deeper, to become braver and more honest in its discussions. The discussion regarding this book reflected our gradual progress with this ability. We are getting closer to founder of A.D.O.R.E. Paula Cole Jones’s goal of “we have to talk about race until it loses its power.”
For our August 26, 2018, 11:30am-1:30pm A.D.O.R.E. meeting, we plan to discuss the second half of “So you want to talk about race.” That discussion promises to take us even deeper in our awareness of the crucial topics that Ijeoma Oluo presents. We hope to finish the discussion by 1:30 but in case we aren’t able to do so because of a very lively discussion, those who are able might plan to stay until 2:00pm. The meeting will take place in the church sanctuary; pizza will be available at 2 pieces for $3.00; and childcare will be available upstairs. All are welcome! Please join us!