E7 Episode Seven Whiteness
In Episode 7, the students at Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRFHS) experience a series of thrilling victories (Kendale’s overtime win and Charles’s rise in spoken word) and crushing blows (Terrence’s graduation news and Ke’Shawn’s home situation). As they fight to achieve the “American dream,” we begin to see the white cultural origins of that dream and how it impacts everyone’s lives at OPRFHS.
Organizing a Group Discussion?
Be prepared! Before you start, read the Organizer Guide and the full Episode Guide, including resource links at the bottom.OPEN THE ORGANIZER GUIDE
Where and how do you see whiteness showing up in OPRFHS, and how is it valued by the administration?
What does it mean that Brendan’s dad does not want to be referred to as white?
Consider the ways that Caroline's mother and Thelma Dye's daughter experience Thelma's relationship to her own family and the family she worked for. What seems to be visible and invisible to Caroline's mother? What’s the impact of the relationship on Thelma Dye's family?
These can be group or individual activities. Organizers - encourage participants to share their findings with the whole group.
The Privilege Walk from Paul Kivel (30 min.)
Read and guide your group through Paul Kivel’s Privilege Walk exercise on class and race.
BaFa’ BaFa’ (2-4 hours)
Read BaFa’ BaFa' and guide your group through this face-to-face learning simulation designed to help people understand the impact of culture on our behaviors and the behaviors of organizations.