At the Identity & Oral History workshop at the Brooklyn Museum (grounded in the Question Bridge: Black Males exhibit), participants discussed important turning points in our lives and practiced deep listening skills, which inspired reflections on the role of storytelling and listening in our own lives.
Step Up and challenge assumptions and question miscommunications and say when something rubs you the wrong way even if you don’t know exactly why. If you’re usually the quiet one in a group, challenge yourself to Step Up and add your voice to the discussion.
Step Back and question your reactions, engage in self-reflection, and notice if you’re feeling defensive. If you’re usually the loud one in a group, challenge yourself to Step Back and listen to other people for awhile.
When I tell people that I am working on a project about mixed-heritage families, people often respond with something like “Oh, mixed babies are so cute!” or “Mixed-race people are so beautiful!” This is meant to be a compliment - but it's also stereotyping (and objectifying) a large, diverse group of people.
What do you think?