Why Color Matters
From Colorblindness to Color Consciousness
This introductory workshop takes a critical look at colorblindness and explores anti-racist color consciousness as a more effective path to racial justice.
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Why Color Matters exposes the racist roots of colorblindness and educates about the problems of this ideology. Participants learn principles of color consciousness and practice applying them in realistic scenarios.
- Colorblindness as a racial ideology
- Origin and history of colorblindness
- How colorblindness compares to white supremacy
- How colorblindness compares to color consciousness
- How colorblindness upholds systemic racism
- What Dr. King really said about the content of our character
- Children and colorblindness
- Origin and history of color consciousness
- Effectiveness of color consciousness as pathway to racial justice
- Practical applications of color consciousness
What people are saying…
A+++. The first session offered scaffolding to better organize my understanding of anti-racism. Before, I was semi-aware of bits and pieces, but had no effective organization of those ideas. Now, I can communicate this critical information to others more effectively.
Fantastic workshop! Warm, compassionate trainers with decades of combined experience made the virtual room safe for all. The innovative use of online video conference technology enabled small breakout groups with time for everyone to be heard. Learnings about color consciousness were pragmatic; could be applied immediately.
Thank you. I learned a lot. As a result of this workshop, I am extremely motivated to practice color consciousness. I would recommend this workshop to others.
My understanding of color consciousness has deepened. As a white woman, I appreciated the candid feedback re: white culture beliefs, structure and behavior.
As always, CSWAC came through with a lot of information and TLC. I would recommend this workshop to others.
This workshop improved my understanding of how colorblindness serves to keep white supremacy in place. I am confident I can apply the knowledge and information from this workshop.
Thank you for the professionalism, compassion and thoughtfulness that went into the instruction given, and the prompts for small group discussion. The presentations could be understood … by different people on different levels of consciousness at the same time, which is a complex undertaking when any teacher has such a mixed group.
This workshop felt so intimate, I was completely engaged and impressed with the WCM team. The whole workshop felt exciting and important to me … this is real, this is change.
As a result of this workshop, I now feel better equipped to bring a color conscious response to [a specific] real life situation. Thank you, I hope to take the next webinar.
I appreciated ending on a practical note. I feel better equipped to act and speak about what the first two sessions were highlighting. I look forward to being a part of future workshops.
I enjoyed the webinar. As a person of color who has studied Critical Race Theory for many years, I appreciated the focus on color-blindness. I feel it got to the heart of the reasons so-called anti-racist white people are apparently unable or unwilling to commit to dismantling the systems upholding white supremacy.
It was transformational for me, as it all sank in and I absorbed the differences between “I don’t see color” and “color matters-so you SHOULD and MUST see it!” And once you see it, you can’t unsee it, and THAT is the transformation!!
Excellent workshop and I will refer others. I really appreciate your way of being open and empathic with participants as we take baby steps towards something you have studied and worked with very deeply.
Thank you for providing a truly moving and motivating experience. I felt anxious going in, as a relative newcomer to the world of anti-racist work. You made me feel welcome, and comfortable sharing my thoughts and experiences. The homework was very doable, and I plan to read further, using the extra resources provided. I look forward to joining you again soon!