Welcome to the 2nd week of The Challenge!

Our 18-Week Challenge gives us an opportunity to read articles, listen to podcasts, and view videos dealing with the roots of racial injustice, the systemic racist policies in our institutions, and our own misconceptions of racism. The Challenge creates a dedicated time and space for us to reflect on our own personal experiences, biases, and assumptions. Each week you will be sent a new prompt to explore.

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Week 2: August 28, 2020

We had something else planned for this week, but then Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In the aftermath, we first ask ourselves, “Why does this keep happening?” Then we watch as protesters fill the streets of another American city, and then we recoil as looting and rioting evolves. And then we watch in disbelief as a 17 year old white vigilante kills 2 protesters, walks calmly away, and the police stand down. We have selected two videos this week - two perspectives from two Black women. (10 minutes)

The first is from Jacob Blake’s cousin, Letetra Wideman:

(This was posted via Twitter by Arlan Hamilton, founder of Backstage Capital, a $36 million fund for black female entrepreneurs in the U.S. Follow her on twitter at @arlanwashere)
The second is from Kimberly Jones, author and racial justice educator. Please be aware that this contains strong language.

Post your reaction to this week’s prompt. Discuss it with other Challenge participants. Join our closed Facebook Group. Here’s how: Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/602463427350589, click join and answer the three membership questions.