Racial Experience


Inventory of Racial Experience

 For each of experiences listed below, consider these questions:

  1. When did it occur? What Happened?

  2. What led up to the situation?

  3. What did you think, feel and do?

  4. What are you doing now?

  5. What will you do?

 Experiences

  1. Witnessed or participated in treating people of colour differently from white people.

  2. Witnessed or participated in treating aboriginal people differently from white people.

  3. Learned that white people developed, supported and benefited from slavery?

  4. Felt more fortunate than, superior to, or better than people of colour.

  5. Felt more fortunate than, superior to, or better than aboriginal people.

  6. Tried to be especially good, kind, helpful, or loving to people of colour?

  7. Tried being especially good, kind, helpful, or loving to aboriginal people?

  8. Wanted to prove that you were really equal to or the same as aboriginal people.

  9. Wanted to prove that you were really equal to or the same as people of colour.

  10. Was angry with white people for what they were doing to people of colour.

  11. Was angry with white people for what they were doing to aboriginal people.

  12. Admired and wished you were more like people of colour in some specific way/s.

  13. Admired and wished you were more like aboriginal people in some specific way/s.

  14. Felt helpless as an individual to do anything truly useful in changing racism.

  15. Resisted actively those social and/or political and/or economic forces that cause feelings of worthlessness in and oppress people of colour.

  16. Resisted actively those social and/or political and/or economic forces that cause feelings of worthlessness in and oppress aboriginal people.

  17. Wanted to get over feelings of guilt and shame about being consciously or unconsciously racist.