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10 Unhelpful Things We Say About Race

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These are the slides from my talk at the 2012 Wild Goose Festival West on race. There is a little bio, some scripture and then the 10 things people have said to me about race that are not helpful when talking about race. Please feel free to "liberate" as much as you way. Photos are from Flickr and used under CCLI, so please attribute if you use any of them.

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10 Unhelpful Things We Say About Race

  1. 1. Are we STILLTalking about race?Bruce Reyes-Chow Wild Goose Festival West 2012 PHOTO BY ERICCONSTANTINEAU #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  2. 2. Road Map of the Day Photo by allisonhare #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  3. 3. Road Map of the Day Me Photo by allisonhare #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  4. 4. Road Map of the Day Me My Fabulous and Flawed Families Photo by allisonhare #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  5. 5. Road Map of the Day Me My Fabulous and Flawed Families Power and Ears Photo by allisonhare #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  6. 6. Road Map of the Day Me My Fabulous and Flawed Families Power and Ears 10 unhelpful things we say to one another about race that makes it really hard to talk about race. Photo by allisonhare #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  7. 7. Road Map of the Day Me My Fabulous and Flawed Families Power and Ears 10 unhelpful things we say to one another about race that makes it really hard to talk about race. Questions and Comments Photo by allisonhare #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  8. 8. about.bruce #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  9. 9. about.bruce #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  10. 10. about.bruce #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  11. 11. about.bruce #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  12. 12. about.bruce #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  13. 13. about.bruce #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  14. 14. My Fabulous andFlawed Families #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  15. 15. My Fabulous andFlawed FamiliesPresbyterian Church (USA). #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  16. 16. My Fabulous andFlawed FamiliesPresbyterian Church (USA).Emergent, emergent, convergence,hyphen-mergent, postmodern. #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  17. 17. My Fabulous andFlawed FamiliesPresbyterian Church (USA).Emergent, emergent, convergence,hyphen-mergent, postmodern.Progressive, thoughtful, integrated,spiritual, passionate, forgiving,complex, funny and willing . . . #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  18. 18. My Fabulous andFlawed FamiliesPresbyterian Church (USA).Emergent, emergent, convergence,hyphen-mergent, postmodern.Progressive, thoughtful, integrated,spiritual, passionate, forgiving,complex, funny and willing . . .Aging genX’er, Jesus-y, Hipster-ishwho believes that despite our flawswe offer an amazingly transformativeexpression of the holy. #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  19. 19. Galatians 3:28 Photo by Kalexanderson #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  20. 20. Galatians 3:28There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female,for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Photo by Kalexanderson #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  21. 21. Galatians 3:28There is neither Jew nor Gentile, ETHNICITY neither slave nor free, neither male nor female,for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Photo by Kalexanderson #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  22. 22. Galatians 3:28There is neither Jew nor Gentile, ETHNICITY neither slave nor free, ECONOMICS neither male nor female,for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Photo by Kalexanderson #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  23. 23. Galatians 3:28There is neither Jew nor Gentile, ETHNICITY neither slave nor free, ECONOMICS neither male nor female, GENDERfor you are all one in Christ Jesus. Photo by Kalexanderson #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  24. 24. Galatians 3:28There is neither Jew nor Gentile, ETHNICITY neither slave nor free, ECONOMICS neither male nor female, GENDERfor you are all one in Christ Jesus. POWER, JUSTICE AND INCLUSION Photo by Kalexanderson #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  25. 25. Acts 2:6 #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  26. 26. Acts 2:6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  27. 27. Acts 2:6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.SUMMONED INTO A MIRACLE OF HEARING #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  28. 28. Acts 2:6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.SUMMONED INTO A MIRACLE OF HEARING So with more instigation than answers, let’s talk about race. 10 in 15. #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  29. 29. What We Tell Ourselves PHOTO BY ROBERT MADEIRA #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  30. 30. What We Tell Ourselves “If you would stop talking aboutrace, racism wouldn’t be a problem.” “You are a racist because you talk about race.” AVOIDANCE PHOTO BY ROBERT MADEIRA #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  31. 31. What We Tell Ourselves PHOTO BY DARWINBELL #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  32. 32. What We Tell Ourselves “Race is a social construct”STAGNATION BY SEMANTICS PHOTO BY DARWINBELL #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  33. 33. What We Tell Ourselves PHOTO BY DIONNEHARTNETT #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  34. 34. What We Tell Ourselves“I know what it’s like to be Asian.”PRIVILEGE and ROMANTICIZING PHOTO BY DIONNEHARTNETT #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  35. 35. What We Tell Ourselves PHOTO BY FURIOUSGEORGE81 #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  36. 36. What We Tell Ourselves PHOTO BY FURIOUSGEORGE81“But, I don’t see you as Asian”COLOR-BLINDNESS AND THE RACIAL MIDDLE #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  37. 37. What We Tell Ourselves 1920’S, CENTRAL VALLEY, CA #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  38. 38. What We Tell Ourselves “But it’s so much better then it used to be.” GENERATIONAL LAURELS andINSTITUTIONAL JUSTIFICATION 1920’S, CENTRAL VALLEY, CA #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  39. 39. What We Tell Ourselves PHOTO BY STÉFAN #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  40. 40. What We Tell Ourselves PHOTO BY STÉFAN“White people are being discriminated against now too, so . . .” POWER and PERSPECTIVE #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  41. 41. What We Tell Ourselves ILLUSTRATION BY LLOYD MARCUS #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  42. 42. What We Tell Ourselves“You always play the race card.” WHITE GUILT ILLUSTRATION BY LLOYD MARCUS #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  43. 43. Things We Tell Ourselves PHOTO BY JACKHEART #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  44. 44. Things We Tell Ourselves“We need at least one brown person.” TOKENISM PHOTO BY JACKHEART #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  45. 45. What We Tell Ourselves Photo by geodanny #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  46. 46. What We Tell Ourselves “We can’t force diversity”THE SIN OF OPEN SOURCE Photo by geodanny #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  47. 47. What We Tell Ourselves PHOTO BY KKOSHY #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  48. 48. What We Tell Ourselves PHOTO BY KKOSHY“We must be a ‘multicultural’ church.” COMMODIFYING and CO-OPTING #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  49. 49. Last ThingsQuestions and comments . . .On Twitter:twitter.com/breyeschowOn Facebook:facebook.com/breyeschowpageOn About.me:http://about.me/breyeschow #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW
  50. 50. Are we STILLTalking about race?Bruce Reyes-Chow Wild Goose Festival West 2012 PHOTO BY ERICCONSTANTINEAU #WILDGOOSE12 | @BREYESCHOW

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