Reflections from Facilitating Difficult Social Justice Conversations: Utilizing African Concepts of Restorative Dialogue
Keywords:immigrant women, Ubuntu, racism, social justice, restorative dialogue
Following the death of George Floyd, other racial killings that had preceded him and the others that followed, the USA and the world witnessed increased racially driven conflict and tensions. For us as Black immigrant professionals from Kenya now living and working in the United States, this specific incident was especially stupefying, mind jarring, and grotesque to say the least. We felt angered, enraged, and extremely upset by that violent incident. In our attempts to make sense and comprehend the dehumanizing racial violence displayed, the seemingly rising racial tensions around us, the vulnerability we felt, and what this act of violence meant to our own lives, we realized we could no longer remain silent and on the sidelines—we needed to act. This essay is our reflection of the journey we’ve taken since. We discuss some of the activities we’ve engaged in, the conversations we started, and the strategies we have embraced as we co-facilitated interracial conversations in various circles and continue to grapple with the social injustices we witness in this nation every day.
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