Discussion Guide

Last Updated: Monday, 29 June 2020

HOW TO START A DISCUSSION GROUP on Me and White Supremacy

 

Spread the word.

Alert your friends, family, and coworkers that you're starting a club; be sure to mention your expectations. Start collecting e-mail addresses. Your goal should be between 5 and 15 people, so everyone gets a chance to speak. Remember, as author Layla Saad points out, not everyone is ready or willing to do the work or to take part in discussions of race.

Figure out the best time for everyone to meet.

Coordinating busy schedules can be the toughest part of the process, but finding a good slot will boost attendance down the line.

Pick a convenient location - online.

Due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, it may be necessary or preferable to host a virtual book discussion. This article discusses a few of the popular free online meeting platforms. Consider testing out the app or software in advance to ensure you are comfortable using it before your first meeting. Make sure each of the group members knows the basics of using your chosen communication tool.

Go over the ground rules via e-mail.

You'll want to give people an idea of what to expect: how often you’ll meet (if you plan to have ongoing discussion), how long the meetings will be (about two hours usually does the trick), and any other need-to-knows.

Read up on how to moderate discussion.

Discussion prompted by Me and White Supremacy may be a very different experience to that of other book discussions in which you’ve participated. Read author Layla F. Saad’s take on Working in Groups: Me and White Supremacy Book Circles located at the back of the book. Saad encourages use of The Circle Way guidelines, created by Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea. These include rotating leadership, shared responsibility, and up-front agreements on behavior and boundaries.

 

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