Brainstorm or do a freewrite with each of the following prompts:
1.What stereotypes about people of another race do you remember hearing and believing as a child? Were you ever encouraged to question stereotypes? 2.Think of a time you grossly misinterpreted a person (of any race) or situation. What information was missing that allowed you to draw the incorrect conclusion? What in your belief system contributed to your misinterpretation? 3.What have you filed away? Create a column that contains these labels: African Americans, Asian Americans, Jews, Latinos, Muslims, Whites. Next to each, quickly write at least five stereotypes that come to mind for each. Do not pause, censor, or correct — rather, let emerge what will. Now, look at what you’ve written. Does it surprise you? If you are white, do you have any stereotypes for whites? Why do you think this is? 4.Have you tried to form relationships across racial lines? How have they worked out? If they didn’t get very far, how did you explain that to yourself?