Rethinking Racism works to raise Cincinnati’s consciousness and create change to end racism, anti-blackness, and white supremacy through education, dialogue, and action. Rethinking Racism is a program of IJPC that is supported by the YWCA Greater Cincinnati, and it is made up of a committed group of individuals to meet these specific objectives:
- Challenge white people to take responsibility for understanding/deconstructing racism.
- Provide space for authentic intraracial and interracial exchanges.
- Meaningfully explore the history and impact of individual and institutionalized racism in Cincinnati.
Since 2016, Rethinking Racism has offered events designed to meet the first of our two objectives by fostering race-focused dialogue using Open Space Technology, a methodology that gives participants control of the agenda and topics for discussion. We have also offered many speaker/discussion events to provide “deeper dives” into local and national facets of racism. To meet the last goal of our mission, Rethinking Racism developed the “Race and Racism in Cincinnati Toolkit” during the summer of 2018. The toolkit explores race and racism in Cincinnati as it relates to history, the law, and resilient communities of color, and it features post-reading quizzes, reflection questions, and action steps. In an effort to build on that exploration, the “Race and Racism in Cincinnati Bus Tour” launched during the fall of 2019 to tell our city’s history from the perspective of the racial margins and to physically place our bodies in spaces of racial significance that we otherwise might not notice. After the bus tour was canceled due to Covid-19, the Race and Racism in Cincinnati: A 3-Part Docuseries was created to carry on the work the bus tour started. The docuseries features three films that encapsulate how race and racism have shaped our city by giving story-telling power to the common people.
The Rethinking Racism team meets regularly to reflect on racism and plan Rethinking Racism programming. There is a broad network of hundreds of individuals from across the Greater Cincinnati area who are participants in Rethinking Racism programs, many of whom repeatedly engage with our work.
Interested in getting involved? Visit the Events page to see when the next scheduled gathering takes place. Join the Rethinking Racism Facebook Group or sign up to receive Rethinking Racism emails through our e-newsletters.