The Time Is Now
Don't Rebuild; Build Something New
TTIN (The Time Is Now) is:
- for people who believe that if we don’t activate with intention during this time, we will likely rebuild old, oppressive norms rather than build something new.
- for those who desire to transform themselves and support the transformation of others through collective liberation.
- a place to try out, pivot, and develop the world we want to be a part of.
- where healthy feedback culture is centered as the backbone to the type of change needed within the white community.
If this resonates with you, read on.
The Time Is Now Manifesto
In 2016, I read Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
It changed how I think.
It changed what I’m watching for.
It made me aware of the back-room deals that are signed with the specific intention of maintaining a racial caste system.
The 13th Amendment, which made the enslavement of Black bodies illegal, was one of those back room deals. Today, over a 150 years later, we are living in a redesigned racial caste system...
“In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt.
So we don’t.
Rather than rely on race, we use our criminal justice system to label people of color “criminals” and then engage in all the practices we supposedly left behind.
Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.
Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination—employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service—are suddenly legal.
As a criminal, you have scarcely more rights, and arguably less respect, than a black man living in Alabama at the height of Jim Crow.
We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.”
- Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow (emphasis mine)
I believe back-room deals are currently being negotiated.
For those of us not in that room, a virus is forcing us to see what’s possible.
It’s been a sledgehammer to many of our societal norms.
Norms that we may have never believed would change in our lifetime.
Norms that maybe we weren’t ready to part with quite yet.
As we look around at the crumbled ruins, we have at least two choices.
one would be to pick up the pieces and try to rebuild;
another would be to build something new.
When I look at those two choices, I know which one I prefer.
These crumbled ruins have not served up the type of world I want to live in.
I'm watching those who hold power try to appear sure-footed while they stumble around and make demands that we get to work putting the pieces of their establishment back together.
But something has shifted.
We hold a new level of power.
The time is now.
Within this polaroid moment, I’m also noticing the impulse of my social conditioning in white dominance quicken. It’s taking more effort than ever to resist perfectionism and urgency to put this out to you in the timeline I wanted.
I’m pressing myself daily to tell a new story. To live it. Breathe it.
Here’s where you come in.
I keep telling you that we need each other.
I don’t know about you, but I've been feeling this now more than ever.
Any one of us is weak on our own, but together we are more powerful than I think we even imagine.
We don’t have to pick up those crumbled ruins and put them back together.
Rising within us is a beat.
It's been there awhile but it's been choked by our addiction to comfort.
Now, it’s getting louder and louder...
It’s the rhythm of defiance.
An unwillingness to continue to be disposable pawns in protection of a system that benefits less than 1% of our nation.
It is the beat of our feet, marching;
It is the sound of our voices, chanting;
It is the pulse of a chorus of heartbeats, alive and alert.
We are our ancestors anguish, guilt, hope, and determination.
We cannot be stopped when we go together.
The time is now.
The format of TTIN is a hybrid course. You can expect:
One part self-directed personal transformation
One part community trust and organizing
One part collective learning and teaching
I am not the expert.
Rather, I’m offering you a framework that I believe will nourish our ability to rise up during this time and become participatory framers of a new society.
Within the TTIN framework, you will work on yourself, work in teams, and work broadly together.
The modules are mostly long-form storytelling with a menu of application items for you to choose from. If you don’t enjoy learning through story and action, please don’t join. This is not for you.
As we progress through the modules, you will participate in your own small team of warriors. This is highly emphasized in the course for a few reasons.
First, I believe the way we will make the broadest difference is through collective action.
Second, I believe in the motivating power of the collective. I have changed more quickly and more humbly in the midst of community. When we choose to be accountable to someone, it changes the level of our commitment.
Third, I believe that there are people being left behind. People who want to make a difference and don’t feel like they belong. We have no need for private echo chambers. It's time to level up our skills so we become effective at providing on-ramps for people who haven’t been on this journey very long. I’m here to create a sense of belonging through identity, community, and purpose - my belief for healthy white abolitionism.
This “beta version” of TTIN is positioned for early adopters. These are people that get excited about unfinished products because they value the collective - sharing the role of teaching and learning, leading and following, holding up others and being held up.
EARLY ADOPTERS ARE "WHITE" PEOPLE WHO:
- have been on an anti-racist/abolitionist journey for a while now
- are maturing past finger pointing and are ready to work with others
- admit their own participation in the system of white dominance and are ready to actively work to transform themselves
- hold all white people capable and able to change, just as we are changing (or are working to hold this belief)
- are committed to becoming more effective in their anti-racist methods
- understand that internalized white dominance has a negative effect on them
- believe we must keep trying to create a more just society where all people are free from oppression
- prioritize collectivism over individualism
- believe they can be part of the solution to the problem of white dominance
The content in TTIN will remain accessible indefinitely and participants will have access to all future course updates as those are developed.
Each module will have a comments section where I engage with the participants regularly to take the learning deeper. At the end of the course, this area is available for the community to continue to foster connection and growth.
Course Outline and Schedule
TTIN is a ten-module course designed to fuel your racial equity practice and propel our collective community toward making a tangible difference.
The emphasis of the course is learning effective strategies to ground your practice (module one through three), and then implementing those strategies to create awareness, develop solutions, test methods, and gain momentum toward collective liberation (modules four through six).
Module seven will focus on maximizing impact across difference within your sphere of influence.
Module eight will bring the current moment into focus by observing the norms that have been shattered and will provide an opportunity for intentional new construction of white abolitionist norms.
Module nine will push towards the type of development we need in order to show up well as a white person in this time.
And finally, module ten will be like the fluorescent spray paint that circles a pothole on the road - a warning system for unhealthy white abolitionism.
Other, related goals include:
- Spark a more vibrant white abolitionist community
- Develop the skills to effectively get more people onto an onramp
- Provide a go-to place for questions, strengthening, and challenge
- Offer a pathway for you to make a difference, wherever you are on your journey
- Process loss and overwhelm and get active again
- Open source methods and tactics and push toward greater effectiveness
- Strategize how to push back at key power structures
- Evaluate and watch for unintended impacts
- (And a lot more I’m sure I’m forgetting…)
Module 0 - 30,000’ overview of the framework
All Group Zoom Call (May 18-22) (Date/time TBD. Call will be recorded.)
Module 1 - Slow down
Module 2 - Put It In Your Body
Module 3 - Build Teams
All Group Zoom Call (June 15-19) (Date/time TBD. Call will be recorded.)
Module 4 - Create Awareness
Module 5 - Develop Solutions
All Group Zoom Call (July 20-24) (Date/time TBD. Call will be recorded.)
Module 6 - Test and pivot
Module 7 - Find Common Threads
All Group Zoom Call (August 24-28) (Date/time TBD. Call will be recorded.)
Module 8 - Craft New Cultural Norms
Module 9 - Measure The Transformation
Module 10 - Watch For The Warning Signs
Group Zoom Call (October 19-23) (Date/time TBD. Call will be recorded.)
Enrollment is open May 6-12 only
The "beta" price for this course is $197.
I know that some of you have lost a lot of income recently. If that's you, please accept my invitation to enter in the amount you are able to pay when registering.
If you have any pre-enrollment questions, please email me and I’ll be happy to answer.
If you aren't currently on my email list, you can join here and get a bunch of ideas to your inbox during this launch, regardless of whether you enroll in TTIN.
The time is now!