Book Group: Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

January 9th—February 6th

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  • $30.00 Patron
  • $20.00 Sustaining
  • $15.00 Subsidized
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Room: Main Shrine Room

Please Note: Due to weather, the final session of this book group has been moved to February 6, 2019. There will be no meeting on January 30, 2019.

This four-part book discussion group will provide an opportunity for Shambhala practitioners who identify as white to contemplate their social conditioning as white people and to examine racism in the context of Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum's classic and insightful book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

The book group will blend discussion of passages from Tatum's book with contemplative exercises designed to evoke direct awareness of social conditioning, aiding participants in showing up with fearlessness and gentleness to address racism in our community and society.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Prologue and Introduction
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Parts 1 and 2
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Part 3 and Part 4, Chapter 8 (until p. 268)
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Part 4, Chapter 8 (starting at p. 268) and Part 5

Why a book discussion group for white people? In creating enlightened society, we all have a responsibility to apply the Dharma to addressing suffering in our world. This includes white Shambhala members investigating their own social conditioning as white people and how this impacts people of color in Shambhala and in society. Many people of color throughout the Shambhala community in North America have urged white people to do this important work in a setting that does not burden people of color with being the educators. The DC Shambhala Center is offering this book discussion group in that spirit.