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21 Day Challenge

As part of its ongoing efforts to increase racial equity and remove racism as a barrier to recovery and wellness, the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network has adapted Dr. Eddie Moore’s 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge©. We have included materials from popular culture to provide a framework for a lively discussion about not only how to understand racism, but also worldview: We believe that a critical analysis of how and where we receive information about “others/them” in relation to “us” better prepares us to understand and support our peers, neighbors, and fellow citizens. We also explore how representation has changed over time, and how different generations (both creators and consumers of media) have been impacted.

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Some of the material is challenging. Some of the language is offensive by today’s standards, just as some of the language we are thoughtfully using today will likely be offensive in the near future. Language evolves with ideas, and through the GMHCN 21 Day Challenge, we hope everyone will look at the intent of the speakers, as we hope future generations will be generous with us. The dilemma of language is inherent in our own name—though we no longer refer to people receiving treatment or support for mental health concerns as “consumers,” it is in our name, which we retain as a tribute to those who founded GMHCN at a specific moment in time with the highest ideals, best of intent, and most informed worldview then possible.

We hope you will consider joining us on this journey of self-exploration, exploring where our worldviews came from, and how we can shape our perspectives to better understand our friends and neighbors, and the peer we support.

Day 1: TRTWolrd: Institutional racism in US explained through a Michael Jackson song (6 minutes)

Day 2Racism Is Real: Systematic Racism Explained (3 minutes)

Day 3: Chris Rock: Who Wants to Change Places? (5 minutes)
 

Day 4Vox: The US medical system is still haunted by slavery (9 minutes)

Day 5: Beyonce: Formation (5 minutes)

Day 6James Baldwin: Pin Drop Speech at Cambridge (9 minutes)

Day 7John Biewen: The Lie That Invented Racism (18 minutes)

Day 8Billie Holiday: Strange Fruit (3 minutes)

Day 9Childish Gambino: This is America (4 minutes); Sybolism in This is America

Day 10Avenue Q: Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist (4 minutes)

Day 11Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story (18 minutes)

Day 12: Eddie Murphy on The Dick Cavett Show (9 minutes)

Day 13The Icarus Project: Sea Change: Navigating Oppression (4 minutes)

Day 14Baratunde Thurston: How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time (17 minutes)

Day 15As/Is: What is Privilege? (4 minutes)

Day 16Whoopi Goldberg on Broadway: Fontaine Goes to Amsterdam (10 minutes)

Day 17Michelle Singletary: The legacy of slavery made my grandmother fear investing (5 pages)

Day 18Eddie Glaude: This Is Us (MSNBC outtake – 3 minutes)

Day 19: The Temptations: Ball of Confusion (4 minutes)

Day 20Eugene Robinson: Visualizing Racism (6 pages)

Day 21Oprah Winfrey: The Best Advice Dr. Maya Angelou Has Ever Given—and Received (4 minutes)

 

For further exploration:

The Facts of Life: Legacy (23 minutes)

All in the Family: Lionel Moves into the Neighborhood (25 minutes)

Ava DuVernay: 13th (Netflix: 1 hour, 40 minutes)

Ava DuVernay: When They See Us on CBS This Morning (Netflix: Four 1-hour+ episodes)
 

Robin DiAngelo: White Fragility (16 pages)