Tuesday, March 10, 2009

We had quite of few hours of free time today. At the end of it we split into our groups once again to talk about the response questions. Afterward, someone pointed out that during our free time the groups that had split off for various free time activities were divided based on race. This accounted for the fact that some wanted to take a nap and others wanted to explore the city. But nevertheless it was a valid statement. The 'minorities' had gone off in a group while those who had stayed behind were white. The comment brought about interesting reactions, mostly excuses about why it was okay that it happened. The reasoning was valid, there were simply different agendas for the afternoon, but I still wrestle with why that happened. My question was why in a group that is so intential about race especially during this week and clearly concerned with the issues, would still unintentionally allow itself to divide as so.
It is interesting to acknowledge these things and so important to talk about. I don't know what the answer is or even if there is one but I guess that is what makes the conversations so important.

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