10 Conversation Starters To Bring About Social Justice Awareness
Throughout the history of the United States, various racial ideologies emerged as a result of slavery, colonization, and capitalism. These dominant ways of knowing have manifested into very real implications for people of color within U.S. society. As we work to disrupt these negative, it's important to learn how these narratives came into place. Common party games such as Apples to Apples, What Do You Meme? and Cards Against Humanity have the ability to do just that. These card games have two separate types of cards, fill in the blank cards (the black cards below), and filler cards (the white cards below). It is the objective of the participants to contribute the best filler card that "fits" with what the fill in the blank card says. Each round, one person does not contribute a filler card and judges each card submitted based on subjective "fit" criteria such as humor and satire, edginess, provocativeness, or practicality. Though these games commonly get labeled as horrible and needing trigger warnings, the conversations had between participants to justify their submissions creates an unmatched opportunity for dialogue about important issues such as racism and its modern manifestations. This Buzzfeed article hopes to contribute to these conversations. Each hand made and hand selected pairing below represents real situations discussed in this course, and can provide participants and opportunity to discuss what's going on and what can be done in its wake. I introduce a new card game, Allies Against Humanity, and provide examples of conversation started to be used. Please note that the information discussed below represents my personal thoughts and opinions.