President Donald Trump spent years spreading the racist lie that President Obama was born in Kenya. He’s publicly described Mexicans as rapists, called for a “complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” said immigrants from Haiti “all have AIDS,” used the gang MS-13 to disparage all immigrants and called African countries “shitholes.”
Sad to say, but there are people in our own community who actually believe these things, and worse, and Trump is empowering them to more freely express their racism and xenophobia.
How can we deal with it?
In response, Black Lives Matter Grand Junction will put on a workshop February 21 to teach participants how to navigate the flood of racism that seems to be falling downhill from our current political leadership, and infecting our own community. The workshop will teach participants what to say to people when you can’t take it anymore. You’ll learn important rhetoric that will better empower you to use your voice, and reliable ways to argue with relatives, friends, co-workers and strangers. Participants will learn how to work toward conflict resolution and ways to assure both parties leave the debate feeling like they haven’t lost anything.
The workshop is Wednesday, February 21 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 536 Ouray Ave., downtown Grand Junction. See Facebook event here.