Continuing the Conversation After It’s Time to Talk Event
Fifteen years ago racism and societal inequality were topics rarely discussed. Today, these are topics on all of our minds; especially since Minnesota is ranked second in the nation when it comes to racial disparities.
On October 17 YWCA Minneapolis hosted its 15th Annual and largest ever It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race™. More than 1,200 people filled a ballroom to share candid thoughts about how they are handling and recognizing racism in their own lives.
This year’s event featured Sun Yung Shin and four of the 16 authors from the provocative book A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. Shin opened the panel discussion by stating, “We are here today to be disobedient,” and suggested we move from “Minnesota Nice” to “Minnesota Honest”.
Panelists were asked various questions about race and racism and answered with their own personal experiences. The stories from these authors helped put a face, spirit and soul to actual racism experienced in our state. Instead of just being a statistic, it showed their real lived experiences and personalized how systemic oppression impacts communities of color.
How to Continue the Conversation
The conversations that took place at this event were just a single step in the journey toward racial equity.
How can YOU break through the barriers that perpetuate systemic racism?
How can you and your organization continue taking steps on your racial equity journey?
Here are a few ways to keep moving forward:
- Complete the Continue the Conversation Checklist
- Have a conversation about race and racism with a friend or family member; practice empathy, and encourage others to do so
- Attend a YWCA Minneapolis Racial Justice Workshop
- Support YWCA Minneapolis at the level of your passion to eliminate racism and empower women and girls – volunteer or donate to support one of our many programs
Strengthen Inclusion and Equity Efforts
YWCA Minneapolis Racial Justice Department hosts monthly racial justice and public policy workshops, provides facilitator training and works with corporations and organizations to strengthen their own inclusion and equity efforts throughout the year. Many of the facilitators trained by YWCA volunteered to facilitate a table conversation at this year’s It’s Time to Talk event.
In the last 36 months, 318 people took part in training or dialogue facilitation. And, although in just the past 12 months, 84 new racial justice facilitators were trained, we continue to have a waitlist of 60+ people who WANT to receive YWCA Minneapolis tools and training to better address racial inequity.
It takes just $5,000 to move 25 people off the waitlist and train them to exponentially scale the critical, time-sensitive work of eliminating racism.
2018 It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race ™
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us next year on October 25, 2018.
Each year more than 1,000 leaders pledge to learn about facets of equity, engage in dialogue and self-reflection and empower their communities to lead sustainable change.
Come together, be part of the solution!