This was a bittersweet day. I have absolutely loved this experience. Meeting these kids was so amazing. They are all so bright and inspiring. They taught me so much, and I hope I could do the same. The final lesson was a lot of last thoughts to leave them with. We let them talk and ask questions and their curiosity was beautiful. It was really hopeful seeing such young men and women be so curious, and try to learn to better themselves. I cannot wait to see the change these kids are going to make in the world. I hope these lessons will keep them passionate and kind. I really feel like programs like this should be implemented as a weekly plan, and it should continue the entire year. These conversations are so important. They really matter and they will be a huge part of our future. Teaching these young adults the difference between racism and prejudice, is something that will stick with them. Teaching them that covert and overt racism exist in every day life, and in our government systems, it is something so important. This project was so inspiring and beautiful. I really feel like we went out in the community and helped people. I think we made a difference with our lessons.
This was our final lesson to plan for the students. My thought process when figuring out my part of the lesson, the only thing that came to my mind was the word "acceptance". I really wanted to focus on this word and this concept. This program was not to tell the students how or what to think. We did not go in with the intention to get them to think like us. This program is to bring awareness and educate them on the way our society can be. For me, no matter where they go in life, race will be present. The most significant part of that is learning to be accepting and strive towards equality. If that is the only lesson those kids get out of this entire program, that will be a great lesson learned.
We created a creative power point project to visually engage out students with our next lesson.
This was our second class with Lutheran High School. I am more and more blown away with the kids, and their mindset. For the second lesson, we delved really deep into the kinds of racism. We taught a lot of terminology, and really differentiated between the terms. At the end of the session, we always have a check in, to see how they are feeling. At the check in, they said how much more educated they feel, and how they can finally start to understand what they are actually witnessing. Is it covert or overt racism? Is there racism in the system? All of those things they got to think about, and it was really nice to be able to be the group of people that taught them those very important definitions.
This was such an interesting experience. I had no idea what to expect on the first session with the high school students. It was really educational and mind-blowing to be honest. The thing that most took me aback was this one girl, Tammy. Tammy is an African American junior (I believe). When we were talking about the concept of racism, we asked each of the kids their knowledge, and experiences encountering racism. When it was her time to share, she said she did not really know what racist meant, and she had no personal experiences that had happened to her. She was very confident in the fact that to her knowledge, no one has ever treated her badly or differently. It was so confusing, yet exciting to hear. To hear that a young woman of color had not experienced any of the pain that most people of color feel, it was such a good feeling. But it was also very confusing. Was it just because she was naive, or had nothing really ever happened? Maybe it was because she is at a religious school, and the treatment is nicer. It was the most interesting thing I had heard that day.