It’s undeniable. Racism remains a persistent problem in our society. Many white people have good intentions and want to do something about it. But what? Even if many white people are willing to forego white privilege in favor of an equal and fair society, is that enough? Or will it take something more than good intentions?
Race and racism are social conditions about which you can acquire knowledge and understanding. We all live in a racially structured society. But lived experience is, at best, a poor teacher here. What’s better? Learning at the direction of people who have studied race and racism, and who have taken action against it.
This introductory workshop offers information and content of value to white people who are new to racial justice work. It is also helpful for all people with experience working against racism, but who have not considered unique challenges white people face in racial justice work. And it will help you understand how to support other white people working against racism.
The workshop is conducted by a cross-racial team of skilled trainers, each with personal experience working in cross-racial alliances. For the new learner, it is a place where you can ask questions and make mistakes.
The workshop is Part 1 of a 2-part series. It is intended to give you some direction on how to move ahead, rather than floundering, wallowing in guilt, or retreating back into a world of denial.
The workshop will not provide a recipe or road map for ending racism. Rather it will help you lay a foundation of analysis, language, resources and partners who will support your anti-racist work.