Book Club

Me and White Supremacy

In July 2021, I’ll lead a group of white readers who are ready to tackle Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad.

Check out the book here. If you want to join the group, email me at kimoco704 @ gmail dot com by June 30, 2021.

As we read, write, and discuss, we’ll be following The Circle Way.

Here is the schedule:

Wednesday, July 7: Introduction and begin week one
(Readers independently complete week one July 7-13)

Wednesday, July 14: Discuss week one, begin week two
(Readers independently complete week two July 14-21)

July 21-28: Catch up, reflect, renew

Wednesday, July 28: Discuss week two, begin week three
(Readers independently complete week three July 28-August 4)

Wednesday, August 4: Discuss week three, begin week 4
Readers independently complete week 4 the week of August 4-11)

August 4-11: Catch up, reflect, renew

Wednesday, August 18: Discuss week 4, conclusion and looking ahead

Meetings will be held over Zoom. Participants will help choose a meeting time through a Doodle poll the week of June 30. If you want to join the group, email me by June 30, 2021!

Raising White Kids

Note: the Raising White Kids book club ended in August 2020.

Many white parents, especially those who never discussed racism, white privilege, or racial justice in their schools or in the homes they were raised in, feel at a loss about how to talk about race with their own children. I have done a fair amount of work in this area beginning in college, including a variety of work in education and the work of writing a book of poetry around racism.

I am leading a virtual book club for parents who are raising white children. We’ll read the book Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, which you can read about in the link, but here is the basic idea: Talking about race means naming the reality of white privilege and hierarchy. How do we talk about race honestly, then, without making our children feel bad about being white? Most importantly, how do we do any of this in age-appropriate ways? We’ll meet through Zoom in 40 minute meets every two weeks to share passages that stood out to us, our thoughts about the reading, and our questions. I will guide the discussions and follow up after each meeting with resources.

Here is the schedule:

Sunday, July 5, 4:00 to 4:40 PM MDT: introduction, chapters 1 and 2
Sunday July 19, 4:00 to 4:40 PM MDT: chapters 3 and 4
Sunday, August 2, 4:00 to 4:40 PM MDT: chapters 5 and 6
Sunday, August 16, 4:00 to 4:40 PM MDT: chapter 7 and conclusion

To join, email me at kimoco704 at gmail dot com