Developing the will and skill to make a difference
Many white people come to liberation spaces hoping we will learn how to talk to Black people. We think that if we can show Black people that we are safe to be around, then we won't be racist. We imagine that by our example, other white people will want to be as good as we are, and racism will finally end.
At the same time, we've lost countless relationships with white people due to political differences. Chances are, we feel both righteous and lonely. In a moment of reflection, we realize how ineffective we've been and we want to get better at talking to white people. Sound familiar? If yes, this is for you!
WHAT TO EXPECT:
During this session, you will:
- practice talking to racist white people (case study*)
- get clarity on your role in ending racism
- gain insight into the patterns getting in the way
- learn a framework to make a difference
- connect with fellow white people on a liberation journey
* This case study is best experienced live. While not required, please prioritize attending the live session for the greatest impact.
This session will be held virtually on zoom and recorded.
After enrolling, watch for an email with the zoom link and a short activity/reflection to help you prepare.
- Who: anyone living in a white body (more info below)
- When: TBD
- Optional: connect 15 min before + Q&A 15 min after
We utilize an assortment of activities and zoom capabilities. Come prepared to have a great time!
The recording will be emailed to all those registered within five days of the live event. Access to the recording will expire after one year.
WHY IS THIS FOR WHITE PEOPLE?
As white people, we need spaces to ask questions, work through ideas, feel, develop skills, and celebrate change - with each other.
Ali Michael and Mary C. Conger offer that a white affinity group
"Is a place for white people to examine what it means to be white, to critically reflect on themselves and their actions, and to work to identify and confront racism"
Justin C. Cohen shares that a white...
"...affinity space is a place where white people can practice, model, and improve anti-racist practices."
In recognition of the impact of classism, this session is offered on a pay-as-you-are-able basis. You can use this page to help you decide how much to pay.
Budgets are moral documents, and ours is no different. We participate in economic accountability by transferring 30% of your fee to Black, Indigenous, and brown Portland community members.
If you have any pre-enrollment questions, please email [email protected]
Enroll by TBD, to participate in the live session.
If you enroll after that date, you will be sent the recording once it is available.