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The RQ Test that you sent to me provided an excellent measure from which to dialogue with my Mental Health Team with regards to racist - Asante Sana!-


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To: Carol Taylor R.N.

From: Preston R. Williams LMSW
School Social Worker
Eisenhower Middle School
3305 Minnesota Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66605-2500

Dear Carol:

Re: Racism Quotient Results For Our Mental Health Team

The RQ Test that you sent to me provided an excellent measure from which to dialogue with my Mental Health Team with regards to racist motivations we all have from time to time. I had been trying to discover a language that would not offend anyone, that would embrace everyone, and still deal directly with the issue of racism.

The bulk of the Mental Health Team had total scores on the average of 150 or above. Interestingly enough, my social work intern and myself, both of whom are black, scored 127 and 146 respectively. The areas of lowest marks on the RQ were in the area of personal comfort zones, for me: items #3, #4, #12, were my lowest marked areas. While I am interracially married to a white woman and have been for 18 years now, I want people to understand the realities of making cross cultural romantic ventures. Some may think that it’s simply an exotic thing to do. Others may feel that they want to make a political statement, but have no real emotional investments in making the relationship work. It is for this concern (s) of genuine understanding that one makes these personal commitments, that I marked the above questions the way that I did.

I’m not altogether sure if the Team marked their answers according to how they truly feel, or how they should feel. However, through my self-disclosure about why I marked my answers the way that I did, sparked discussions about several other staff members’ past knowledge of friends that had some difficulties with cross-cultural relationships. In one instance, our Hispanic Team member talked about how she speaks French and English, but does not speak Spanish. We will continue to work with this instrument of yours, Carol. Thanks.

Asante Sana!

New York University
School of Education, Health, Nursing and Arts Professions
400 East Building
Washington Square
New York, N.Y. 10003

Carol Taylor R.N.

Dear Ms. Taylor:

I am writing to request an answer sheet for your Racism Quotient Test. I have a copy as printed in the Village Voice.

My plans re to use the test as a part of a course I teach at New York University, Department of Applied Psychology. The course is called Crosscultural Counseling. The Test I believe will stimulate awareness and provoke discussion on the topic of racism.
Thank you very much.

Mary McRae Ed.D.
Associate Professor
Dept. of Applied Psychology
New York University
22 Greene Street”New York, New York 10003

To:Carol Taylor
The Institute for “Interracial” Harmony, Inc.
590 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11225

Dear Ms. Taylor,

It was really a pleasure to see and hear your presentation at the Counselors’ Conference (New York State Association of Counseling & Development Conference at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, Friday, April 12, 2002). I realized that I had not communicated with you as to how successful I have been in Administering

The Racism/Colorism Test.

As a member and officer (Regional representative, president) in the Association for Multi-Cultural Counseling and Development I was lecturing and conducting workshops to create an awareness and need for competencies in multicultural education and counseling. I used the Racism/Colorism Test at the beginning of each session. This created an atmosphere for acceptance of the subject. Since results were known only by the test-taker, people were willing to participate and share opinions openly. Many participants expressed that they had not been aware of certain attitudes that they discovered on the test. Others said that they had
just taken too much for granted. IT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

I almost forgot to say that the Test was used in California, New York, Michigan, Delaware and St. Thomas. Thank you for creating this tool for us. Please continue your excellent work.

Dottye Seales