Okay / Not is a scenario-based tool to start open-ended conversations about race in Singapore. It aims to unpack differences in opinions, and help navigate the grey areas of what is acceptable or not.
This tool does not impose a value judgement on what is considered racist or not; rather, the intent is to create an awareness of what assumptions of others we might hold, and to ponder upon the conditions which make certain biases fair or unfair.
As you explore the tool, ask yourself these questions:
- What feelings or reactions did you have upon seeing your responses compared to others?
- Think about your life experiences - your childhood and family upbringing; the schools you went to; the neighbourhood you live in; your social networks; the media you consume; etc. How might these have influenced your responses to each of the statements?
- Are there certain situations where this statement might be okay or not okay?
- Have you heard someone say or do this, or have you been in a similar situation before? How did the recipient react or feel about it?
- How would you feel if this statement was directed at you?
- What about this statement made you feel uncomfortable or conflicted?
- What assumptions did you have in mind when you responded to this statement?