E3 Episode Three Racialized Relationships in Families and Communities
By Episode 3, the racial cracks at Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRFHS) are becoming more apparent, as are the complexities of Oak Park’s racialized relationships. Terrence’s relationship with his mother, Jada’s and Charles’s interactions with their physics teacher, and teacher Jessica Stovall’s experiences with her family and work all illustrate the diversity of racial relationships and their power to impact identity, self-image, and success.
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 or how do we see the OPRFHS administration taking responsibility for building relationships with students, families, and faculty of color?
How would you describe the racialized relationship between Jada and her physics teacher? Think of some specific examples from the episode.
How do some of the other characters experience their family history in school?
These can be group or individual activities. Organizers - encourage participants to share their findings with the whole group.
Racial Identity Gallery Walk (1 day)
Create a visual collage, drawing, or group of images of your family. Include things that reflect and are important to your racial identity. Do a gallery walk with your group to appreciate the diverse racial identities among you and within your families.
Fierce Conversations (Workshop)
Prepare a dialogue with someone who has challenged you regarding race, using Fierce Conversations as your guide.