How Do We Begin A Dialogue about Racial Justice?
The Campus Engagement Through The Arts/Coffee Talks project is dedicating this school year to cultivating multiple dialogues on racial justice in the United States. The Department of Justice Community Relations Services has created a useful Dialogue Guide for conducting dialogues on race. They make and important distinction between debate and dialogue.
“Unlike debate, dialogue emphasizes listening to deepen understanding. Dialogue invites discovery. It develops common values and allows participants to express their own interests. It expects that participants will grow in understanding and may decide to act together with common goals. In dialogue, participants can question and reevaluate their assumptions. Through this process, people are learning to work together to improve race relations.”
Here at the college, there is a strong belief in the Socratic method of posing questions to deepen our understanding. I propose that we collectively brainstorm a list of questions that might be useful for beginning the dialogue. In the spirit of brainstorming, let’s offer questions without self-censorship or judgement of others. Please use the “Add Your Thoughts” box below to contribute as many questions as you like and to respond to others’ questions.