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:
From this session, you will:
- witness a case study where fellow white people are practicing talking to a racist white person (see below on pausing the video to participate)
- get clarity on your role in ending racism
- gain insight into the patterns getting in the way
- learn a framework to make a difference
This session is offered by and for anyone living in a white body (more info below).
The live session was held virtually on zoom and recorded.
After enrolling, watch for an email with a short activity/reflection to help you prepare and the link to the live session recording.
We utilize an assortment of activities and zoom capabilities, and we encourage you to pause the recording as many times as necessary to try out the activities as if you were a live participant.
Access to the recording will expire on August 6, 2023.
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]
Pay-as-you-are-able (see "Our Commitment" on the left)