As SVP continues to deepen our understanding of the racial inequities in our communities we are working to provide opportunities for partners to engage in conversation, open dialogue and learning. Through the SVP Racial Equity Book Club we hope to foster dialogue, build relationships, and push ourselves out of our comfort zone to talk about these important issues.
SVP Racial Equity Book Club is a potluck so please bring a dish to share with your fellow partners, as well as your curiosity, open mind, insights, bravery and respect. Drinks and a comfortable setting for conversation will be provided.
While many inequities exist in our community, race is SVP’s starting (but not ending) focus area. We must be intentional and strategic about finding and getting in the way of patterns, behaviors and pathways in our society and institutions that foster and perpetuate racial inequities.
Book Choice: Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named "post-race" society.
Note: The book club is only open to SVP Partners.