Reflective Journal Prompts and Questions


Source: Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources byAnna Stamborski, M. Div Candidate (2022) Nikki Zimmermann, M. Div candidate (2021) Bailie Gregory, M. Div, M.S. Ed.

Reflective Journal Prompts

  1. Think about the country that you live in. What are some of the national racial stereotypes--spoken and unspoken, historic and modern--associated with Black women? Black men?

  2. How do you see colorism at work in this country? How do you see colorism at work in your own prejudicial thoughts?

  3. How have you expected Black women to serve or soothe you?

  4. How have you reacted in the presence of Black women who are unapologetic in their confidence, self-expression, boundaries, and refusal to submit to the white gaze?

Questions written by Nii Addo Abrahams, M.A., M. Div. ( @_nickyflash_ )

  1. Does your solidarity last longer than a news cycle?

  2. Does your solidarity make you lose sleep at night?

  3. Does your solidarity put you in danger?

  4. Does your solidarity cost you relationships?

  5. Does your solidarity take away time from other things you could be doing?

  6. Does your solidarity change the way you spend your money?

  7. Does your solidarity make you a disruptive presence in white spaces?

  8. Does your solidarity challenge your country’s values?

  9. Does your solidarity make you think you’re not racist?

  10. Does your solidarity change how you read your Bible?

  11. Does your solidarity change how you preach?

  12. Does your solidarity happen when no one is looking?

  13. Does your solidarity ever cause you to speak out when no one wants to listen?

  14. Does your solidarity ever cause you to shut up when you want to say something?

  15. Does your solidarity change the way you vote?

  16. Does your solidarity cause you to denounce our current president?

  17. Does your solidarity include cis-het Black women?

  18. Does your solidarity include Black queer and trans folks?

  19. Does your solidarity make you suspicious of predominantly white institutions?

  20. Does your solidarity cause you to believe in costly reparations?

  21. Does your solidarity assuage your white guilt?

  22. Does your solidarity have room for Black rage?