Week 2

Waking Up White Book Study
Week Two — Mid Life Wakeup Calls
Tuesday, February 28 | Thursday, March 2

Session Goals
To reflect on our understanding of privilege.

Book Chapters
Chapter 6 “From Confusion to Shock”
Chapter 8 “Racial Categories”
Chapter 9 “White Supremacy”
Chapter 10 “The Melting Pot”

Galatians 3:23-29

Additional Content
“Whitewashed” film by Mark Patrick George (YouTube)

Discussion Questions
What are the ways in which you describe yourself to others?
By gender? Religion? Sexual identity? Marital status? Familial status (parent, sibling, grandparent, etc.)?
Is race ever a part of that description?
Is it important for white people to perceive and understand whiteness? If so, why or why not?
The short film
Whitewashed refers to what people have lost in the process of “becoming white.” Immigrants gave up their  individual identity to form a new mainstream identity, for example. There are other suggestions of loss that come out of the interviews. What else might we have lost in our unintentional and inadvertent conforming to a privileged society?