It is at the end of this video that Collabyrinth’s work begins. Otherwise, the self-awareness “breakthrough” that occurs exists only to further serve persons of privilege–as if everything everybody goes through in the video is for the benefit of the white guy.
Many carry with them what might be described as a “broken truth” regarding other’s social identities that inhibit them from celebrating others’ full humanity. Broken truths can be difficult to name. Often a poignant story can help get at the heart of the matter, as it did at MountainTop 2015. This is a video excerpt of a retelling of Douglas Wood’s Old Turtle and the Broken Truth.
Melvin Bray had the distinct privilege of co-facilitating MountainTop 2015, 8-10 June, in Atlanta, GA. MountainTop is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, intersectional summit of leaders of moral courage from around the US, convened by Auburn Theological Seminary and designed to advance a multifaith movement for justice. The 2015 theme was RACIAL EQUITY. This DesignShop was facilitated in conjunction with Rob Evans from Imaginal Labs and Melinda Weekes-Laidlow from Weekes in Advance.
This offers excellent critique of part of the design of the In Our Neighbors Shoes event in March 2015. As a part of the service learning, 8th graders participated in a simulation that was not quite as relational as it could and should have been and skirted too closely the edge of the trap into which Gwyneth Paltrow and so many others have fallen. The next iteration of such a fieldtrip will correct for the insight offered by Brittney Cooper in the excerpt below from her article “White America’s Gwyneth Paltrow problem: How it’s playing games with the lives of poor people” for Salon.com. more…
This is the tale of a 3-day design event in which middle school students and their teachers imagine and begin to create a more beautiful world. Our initial responsibilities were to start to arouse solidarity in participants with persons separated from them by social identity and to begin cultivating transformation in participants’ ways of thinking and doing toward others. We provided insight, design and impetus each step of the way and will continue to work with the school over the next year to help them to continue to progress.