Can We Have a REAL Conversation about Race?

Everyone can do their part to raise awareness of and help eradicate racism, as well as lift up organizations and individuals working to make our communities more equitable. Here are a few tips and resources to get started:

Check up. Pay attention to your thoughts, fears, biases, and body language when dealing with people of color. Hold yourself accountable for changing racist behaviors.

Speak up. Do you hear hate speech or see someone being treated badly? Say something. Be an example of compassion and kindness, and others will follow.

Read up. Broaden your knowledge about race issues, and those working every day to change perceptions and break down centuries of oppression and hatred. Seek out leaders of color, and follow them on social media. Get woke.

Step up. Seek out and support organizations that merge together youth from various racial and economic backgrounds to teach and increase racial/cultural competency.

Follow up. Show solidarity and learn more about life from the perspective of people of color by volunteering and working with local nonprofits/groups in communities of color.

These are just a few wonderful local organizations to check out and support: 

Man 2 Man Urban Youth Advocate: is a collection of recovery, intervention, and educational programs for men who are delivered by men. Man 2 Man – UYA mentors young adult men of all ethnicities between the ages of 10 and 24. The program provides life skills that will help and enhance personal development.

Love Lives in Marin: is an initiative of Marin Interfaith Council (MIC) and was inspired by a visit to Whitefish, Montana, the home of  Love Lives Here, a Montana non-profit organization committed to co-creating a caring, open, accepting and diverse community, free from discrimination and dedicated to equal treatment for all citizens.

Youth Leadership Institute: YLI builds communities where young people and their adult allies come together to create positive social change.

Opening the World: Empower and expose at-risk young adults or transitional age youth (18-25) to a world outside of their own through volunteer and cultural experiences in their community and abroad.

Canal Alliance: is a nonprofit champion of immigrants who are challenged by a lack of resources and an unfamiliar environment.

ACLU Northern California (Facebook): is an enduring guardian of justice, fairness, equality, and freedom, working to protect and advance civil liberties for all Californians.

This is just a sampling. Numerous resources are available in Marin, the Bay Area, and nationally, and we hope you’re inspired to continue to seek out these resources on your own, to share them with family, friends, and colleagues, and to take a more active stand against hate.

We thank those of you who attended the April 18th event “Can We Have a REAL Conversation about Race?”. We’ll be posting the video of that event right here within a week. Please bookmark this page and check back to see and share the video, along with these resources we hope you’ll find helpful.

Our audience asked some important questions of our panel, and we wish we had time to answer them on the night of the event. Our panelists will do their best to answer more of the questions from that night, and we’ll post them here as soon as we can.

Thanks again on behalf of SFTS and StAD for your participation in this event, and your commitment to eradicating racism.

In predominantly white Marin County, the issue and topic of race and equality can often miss the mark. On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Stewart Perrilliat, San Francisco Theological Seminary, and the Students of the African Diaspora (StAD) convened a panel to educate and enlighten Marin’s community on the issue of racism and equality. Moderator and panelists spoke frankly about their own experiences as people of color, and explored ways to learn how we can embrace each other regardless of color, economic status. A one-hour panel discussion was followed by a Q&A session open to the audience.

Moderator:

Rev. Perrilliat is the founder of Man2Man-Urban Youth Advocate, SFTS MATS (Master of Arts in Theological Studies) alumnus, and a current DMin (Doctor of Ministry) student. Man2Man holds classes and group mentoring sessions for young men recruited through word of mouth and various organizations, or sometimes mandated through the courts to study anger management. It also produces a talk show to address issues of concern to them, which airs on a local cable channel, called Can we have a conversation? In addition to running Man2Man’s successful programs, Rev. Perrilliat also visits San Quentin State Prison, doing prison ministry and is working on a documentary called “There Are Not Many Fathers,” about fathers being more engaged with their sons. His goal is to help young men become positive, involved fathers, thus solving the greater rates of incarceration, domestic violence, low self-esteem, drug addiction, alcoholism, teenage parenthood and other issues that stem from absentee fathers.

Panelists: